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Kramer, M. (1969) Cross-National Study of Diagnosis of the Mental Disorders: origin of the problem. American Journal of Psychiatry, 125 (suppl.), 111.
Cooper, J. E., Kendell, R. E., Gurland, B. J., et al (1972) Psychiatric Diagnosis in New York and London. Maudsley Monograph 20. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
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Remembering Robert Kendell

  • J. E. Cooper (a1) and N. Sartorius (a2)
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A response to "Remembering Robert Kendell"

Lalith A. Kuruppuarachchi, Senior Lecturer in Psychiatry
25 June 2003

The editorial on " Remembering Robert Kendell " ( 1) has been read with much concern.

I had the opportunity to meet this remarkable person in Hyderabad, India in 1996 at the Royal College of Psychiatrists Regional Meet; and atthe International Conference on Psychiatry and Mental Health , held in Colombo , Sri Lanka in April 2002. In Colombo we had an ample of time to share some important ideas and views.

Professor Kendell was particularly worried about the aftermath of thewar and advised us to take necessary steps/ precautions to reduce suicide anddeliberate self harm in Sri Lanka. Suicide rates are already high in SriLanka (2). He reiterated that there is a tendency for suicide rates to rise after cessation of war and hostilities.

Even in our countries Post Graduate Psychiatric Trainees were expected to read Professor Kendell's classic articles written on classification of depression, for instance ; The classification of depression : a review of contemporary confusion(3). “Companion to Psychiatric Studies” is one of the famous textbooks recommended for Post Graduate Psychiatric Training in Sri Lanka.

We should be grateful to him for his inspiring lecture on " The distinction between Mental and Physical Illness " delivered at the International Conference on Mental Health and Psychiatry held in Colombo in April 2002. In this lecture he tried to highlight several important problems encountered in classification of Mental Disorders.

Obviously his departure is a great loss to world psychiatry ( including developing countries ).

References:

1.Cooper J.E., Sartorius N. (2003) Remembering Robert Kendell, British Journal of Psychiatry, 182, 279 – 280.

2.World Health Organization (2001) Suicide Prevention : Emerging fromDarkness.

3.Kendell R.E.(1976) The classification of depression : a review of contemporary confusion, British Journal of Psychiatry, 129:15 - 28.

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Dr.K.A.L.A.Kuruppuarachchi
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