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PsychEd: educational psychiatry podcast

Oct 28, 2022

Welcome to PsychEd, the psychiatry podcast for medical learners, by medical learners. This episode delves into the history of psychiatry with Dr David Castle, the inaugural Scientific Director of the Centre for Complex Interventions at the Centre for Addictions and Mental Health and a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. Prior to migrating to Canada in 2021, he spent 15 years as a Professor of Psychiatry at St Vincent’s Hospital and the University of Melbourne in Australia.


The learning objectives for this episode are as follows:


By the end of this episode, you should be able to…

  1. Gain an appreciation for the historical context of the field of psychiatry
  2. Understand how illness categories and treatments have been shaped by this history 
  3. Compare and contrast how various past societies viewed and conceptualized mental illness
  4. Apply lessons learned from historical practices to appraise current approaches


Guest: Dr David Castle


Hosts: Dr Alex Raben (Staff Psychiatrist), Gaurav Sharma (PGY4), Nikhita Singhal (PGY4), Andreea Chiorean (CC4)


Audio editing by: Dr Alex Raben


Show notes by: Dr Nikhita Singhal


Interview Content:


1:45 - Learning Objectives


3:25 - Ancient Times


14:42 - Middles Ages 


23:56 - Renaissance to Enlightenment


34:55 - 19th-20th Centuries


47:55 - 20th-21st Centuries


1:00:48 - Final Thoughts






CPA Note: The views expressed in this podcast do not necessarily reflect those of the Canadian Psychiatric Association.


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