‘Psychiatry’ and ‘antipsychiatry’ (2021)


by Federico Soldani – 8th May 2021

The word ‘psychiatry’ was coined in 1808 by a German Doctor, Christian Reil (‘Psychiaterie’ modified later by Reil to ‘Psychiatrie’) and the word ‘antipsychiatry’ (‘Antipsychiatrie’) was coined a century later in 1908 by another German Doctor, Bernhard Beyer.

For the first time here – and by way of two portraits – the inventors of the two words are presented together.



Marneros, A. (2008). Psychiatry’s 200th birthday. British Journal of Psychiatry, 193(1), pp.1–3.

Szasz, T. (2009). Antipsychiatry : quackery squared. Syracuse, N.Y.: Syracuse University Press.


Cite this article as: Federico Soldani, "‘Psychiatry’ and ‘antipsychiatry’ (2021)," in PsyPolitics, May 8, 2021, https://psypolitics.org/2021/05/08/psychiatry-and-antipsychiatry-2021/.

Last Updated on May 8, 2021 by Federico Soldani

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