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The British Journal of Psychiatry
  • ISSN: 0007-1250 (Print), 1472-1465 (Online)
  • Frequency: 12 issues per year
The British Journal of Psychiatry (BJPsych) is a leading international peer-reviewed journal, covering all branches of psychiatry with a particular emphasis on the clinical aspects of each topic. Published monthly on behalf of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, the journal is committed to improving the prevention, investigation, diagnosis, treatment, and care of mental illness, as well as the promotion of mental health globally. In addition to authoritative original research papers from around the world, the journal publishes editorials, review articles, commentaries on contentious articles, short reports, a comprehensive book review section and a lively, well-informed correspondence column. BJPsych is essential reading for psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, and all professionals with an interest in mental health.
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    The Vexed Man by Franz Xaver Messerschmidt Franz Xaver Messerschmidt (1736–1783) was a German-Austrian sculptor who was born in Wiesensteig, Germany. He is recognised, today, most notably for his ‘character heads‘, a collection of sculpted heads which he started working on in 1769 and continued to his death. These busts have contorted faces, grimaces even, and Messerschmidt's aim was to sculpt 64 canonical faces produced by observing his own face, in a mirror, after inflicting pinches to various parts of his right lower ribs. There are 50 known busts and all are untitled but 49 have been numbered since 1794. Some have become known by names, such as this image. Messerschmidt is reported to have experienced hallucinations.

    Thank you to Professor Femi Oyebode for providing the cover image description. Digital image courtesy of the Getty's Open Content Program.

    We are always looking for interesting and visually appealing images for the cover of the Journal and would welcome suggestions or pictures, which should be sent to Dr Allan Beveridge, British Journal of Psychiatry, 21 Prescot Street, London, E1 8BB, UK or

Title history
Currently known as:
The British Journal of Psychiatry
Vol 109 (1963) onwards
ISSN: 0007-1250 (Print), 1472-1465 (Online)

Formerly known as:
Journal of Mental Science
Vol 5 (1858) - Vol 108 (1962)
ISSN: (Print), 2514-9946 (Online)

The Asylum Journal of Mental Science
Vol 2 (1855) - Vol 4 (1857)
ISSN: 2514-992X (Print), 2514-9938 (Online)

The Asylum Journal
Vol 1 (1853) - Vol 1 (1855)
ISSN: 2514-9903 (Print), 2514-9911 (Online)