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Mary Barkas: a New Zealand pioneer at the Maudsley

  • Robert M. Kaplan (a1)

An account of the life of pioneer New Zealand psychiatrist Mary Barkas.


At a time when women were rare in psychiatry, New Zealand-born Mary Barkas excelled. A pioneer in the early years of the Maudsley Hospital, Barkas demonstrated her versatility in organic psychiatry, psychoanalysis and child psychiatry. Her career was terminated at an early stage and her life took a puzzling turn after she returned to New Zealand in 1933. Many questions about this intriguing and accomplished psychiatrist need to be explored.

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*Address for correspondence: Robert M. Kaplan, Graduate School of Medicine, University of Wollongong, 2 Northfields Avenue, Wollongong, NSW 2502, Australia. (Email:
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