College of Forensic Psychologists (Queensland Branch)
Australian Psychological Society
ANZAPPL (Queensland Branch)
A mentally ill judge
Professor Ian Freckelton
Queens Counsel, Melbourne
Date: Saturday 25 May
Time: 6.00pm for pre-dinner drinks, 6.30pm for dinner.
Venue: Pacific Hotel, 345 Wickham Terrace, Spring Hill
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Daniel Paul Schreber was the son of a pre-eminent nineteenth century German medical authority on child-rearing. Before his collapse, he served as the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the State of Saxony. He was placed under tutelage but challenged the decision after writing Memoirs of My Nervous Illness, one of the most remarkable pieces of writing by a mentally ill patient. The talk will refer to the Memoirs and trace the extraordinary story of Schreber’s challenge to his status before the Royal Superior Court of Dresden in 1902. In doing so it will seek to draw lessons of contemporary relevance.
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