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Prof. German E. Berrios

German E. Berrios psychiatrist Controversias Psiquiatry Barcelona
Cambridge University, United Kingdom
Talk Concepts of treatment-resistance, pseudo resistance, and treatment failure
Date Thursday, April 25th, 2019
Time 16:15 to 16:45


  • Psychology and Philosophy at Corpus Christi College, Oxford University (under J.O. Urmson, B Farrell, R Hare, E. Anscombe, G. Ryle)
  • History & Philosophy of Science (under C. Webster, A. Crombie, R. Harré, and B. Farrell)
  • Medicine, Neurology & Psychiatry (Oxford University and Oxford United Hospitals)
  • Statistics (Lecturer to Professor Max Hamilton at Leeds University)
  • Didactic Analysis (Harry Guntrip, Leeds University).
Main offices:
  • 1977-2007 Lecturer, Reader, Professor of Neuropsychiatry and the Epistemology of Psychiatry (Cambridge University)
  • 1978-1998 Director of Medical Studies and Tutor of Admissions, Robinson College Cambridge.
  • 1977-2007 Consultant Head of Neuropsychiatry, Addenbrooke's Hospital, University of Cambridge
  • 1985-1995 Honorary Librarian and Officer of the Royal College of Psychiatrists
  • 1989-1998 Assistant Editor of the British Journal of Psychiatry.
  • 1987-2003 Founder and Chairman of the History of Psychiatry Special Group, Royal College of Psychiatrists
  • 1988-1997 Chairman, Board of Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge
  • 1987-2007 Chairman, Research and Ethics Committee, University of Cambridge and Cambridge Health District
Prizes and awards:
  • Doctorates Honoris causa: University of Heidelberg (Germany), San Marcos (Peru), Barcelona (Spain), Buenos Aires (Argentina), Cordoba (Argentina), Chile (Chile).
  • 2006 Chair of Psychopathology “German E. Berrios” founded in the University of Antioquia (Colombia)
  • 2007 Order of the Sun (Gran Officer) awarded by the Peruvian Government
  • 2008 ‘Ramon y Cajal’ Neuropsychiatry Award, International Neuropsychiatry Association.
  • 2010 Honorary Fellowship awarded by Royal College of Psychiatrists of UK.
  • 2016 Life Achievement Award, Sociedad Española de Psicogeriatría.
  • 2017 Honorio Delgado Medal, Lima, Peru
  • Visiting Professor to the Universities of Hong-Kong, Heidelberg, Würzburg, Cayetano Heredia, Nagoya, Jerusalem, Cornell, Adelaide, Chile, Buenos Aires, Keio (Japan), etc.
  • Emeritus Professor of the Epistemology of Psychiatry, University of Cambridge
  • Emeritus Consultant Neuropsychiatrist & Head of Neuropsychiatry, Addenbrooke’s Hospital, University of Cambridge
  • Fellow of: 1) British Psychological Society; 2) Academy of Medical Sciences; 3) Royal College of Psychiatrists, etc.
  • Life-Fellow, Robinson College, Cambridge
  • Editor, History of Psychiatry
  • Chairman, History of Psychiatry Section, World Psychiatric Association
Research and Publications:
Neuropsychiatry and clinical, conceptual and historical aspects of psychopathology. More than 450 papers and book chapters on matters neuropsychiatric, conceptual and historical and 15 books; amongst the latter are his History of Clinical Psychiatry (with Roy Porter) (London, Athlone Press) London; Delirio: Historia, Clinica & Metateoria (with F. Fuentenebro); Memory Disorders in Psychiatric Practice, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press) (with J. Hodges) and Reinventing depression (Oxford University Press) (with C Callahan). His History of Mental Symptoms. Descriptive Psychopathology since the 19thC century (Cambridge University Press) was awarded the 1997 British Medical Association Prize as the Best Book in Psychiatry. In 2011 he published Towards a New Epistemology of Psychiatry (Buenos Aires, Polemos, 2011) (Italian translation: Per una nouva epistemologia della psichiatria, Roma, Giovanni Fioriti, 2013; Portuguese Translation: Rumo a uma nova epistemologia da psiquiatría, 2015).