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Dublin-born psychiatrist Prof Anthony Clare once condemned psychoanalysis as 'the most stupendous confidence trick of the century'

Dublin-born psychiatrist Prof Anthony Clare once condemned psychoanalysis as 'the most stupendous confidence trick of the century'

Dublin-born psychiatrist Prof Anthony Clare once condemned psychoanalysis as 'the most stupendous confidence trick of the century'

Professor Anthony Clare, the psychiatrist and broadcaster who has died aged 64, became famous as the presenter of BBC Radio 4's long-running 'In the Psychiatrist's Chair', in which he interviewed famous "patients'' about their lives.

Opinions about Prof Clare were sharply divided between those who felt that he had done more for the image of psychiatry than anyone since Sigmund Freud, and those who felt that he was little more than a silken-tongued midwife of celebrity tittle-tattle, given a spurious gravitas by his impressive academic credentials.


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