Hamlet and psychiatry intertwined

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Objectives: This article considers selected landmarks in the history of psychiatry and their impact on Hamlet productions, including Burton’s Anatomy of Melancholia, Emil Kraepelin’s manic-depression, Freud’s oedipal complex and R.D. Laing’s ‘divided self’. Additionally, this article considers the way Shakespeare’s Hamlet has influenced the course of psychiatry. Conclusion: The linkages between psychiatry and Hamlet have existed since the 17th century, and perhaps Shakespeare’s Hamlet should have a place on every psychiatrist’s shelf.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)648-650
Number of pages3
JournalAustralasian Psychiatry
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2018


  • Hamlet
  • history
  • psychiatry
  • Shakespeare

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