Bureau of Lost Culture – The Divided Self of R.D. Laing (18/02/2023)
In 1965 the psychiatrist R D Laing formed a commune in East London where the psychotic and the schizophrenic could live on equal terms with their carers. There were no locks and no anti-psychotic drugs but there were all-night therapy sessions, dinners with visiting mystics – and high grade LSD available to any who chose to take it
The Neuro-psychiatrist Anthony David came to the Bureau to talk about Laing’s radical ideas, his successes and shadows and about how his groundbreaking book The Divided Self propelled him into the status of a countercultural guru.
We dig into the subject of modern madness and hear about Anthony’s own work in London with those suffering with strange conditions and troubled minds.