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Professor Sir Simon Wessely

Professor Sir Simon Wessely, psychiatrist, shares the eight tracks, book and luxury item he would take with him if cast away to a desert island. With Lauren Laverne.

Professor Sir Simon Wessely is the first ever psychiatrist to be awarded a Regius professorship – an honour bestowed by the Queen. He is professor of psychological medicine at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at King’s College London, and is also a consultant psychiatrist at King’s College Hospital and the Maudsley Hospital.

Born in Sheffield to a father who had come to Britain on the Kindertransport, he started his research career working on unexplained symptoms and syndromes, leading progressive and sometimes controversial work on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Disagreement about whether the condition is physical or psychological continues to this day and although Simon’s studies helped develop a treatment programme, there is still no cure.

Later he switched his attention to the military, exploring Gulf War Syndrome, PTSD, the risk and benefit of military service, social and psychological outcomes for ex-service personnel and historic aspects of war and psychiatry. In 1996 he established the Gulf War Illness Research Unit which subsequently became the King’s Centre for Military Health Research.

He completed a term as president of the Royal Society of Medicine – the first psychiatrist to occupy the post - and in 2017 he led an independent review of the Mental Health Act.

DISC ONE: Think by Aretha Franklin
DISC TWO: String Quartet No. 1 (“From My Life”) in E minor (Allegro vivo appassionato) composed by Bedrich Smetana, performed by The Dante Quartet
DISC THREE: Soave sia il vento, composed by Mozart, conducted by Karl Bohm, performed by Elizabeth Schwarzkopf, Walter Berry, Christa Ludwig and Philharmonia Orchestra
DISC FOUR: How Long has This Been Going On? by Dexter Gordon and Lonette McKee
DISC FIVE: The Room Where it Happens by Leslie Odom, Jr and Original Broadway Cast of Hamilton
DISC SIX: France - La Marseillaise - Hymne national francais, composed by Claude Rouget de Lisle, performed by Ensemble du monde
DISC SEVEN: Serenade No. 10 in B flat major, K. 361, "Gran Partita": Adagio, composed by Mozart, performed by German Wind Soloists
DISC EIGHT: Tuxedo Junction by Jools Holland And His Rhythm And Blues Orchestra

BOOK CHOICE: A Teach Yourself Russian book
LUXURY ITEM: A Viennese cafe
CASTAWAY'S FAVOURITE: How Long has This Been Going On? by Dexter Gordon and Lonette McKee

Presenter Lauren Laverne
Producer Paula McGinley

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Fri 2 Apr 2021 09:00

Music Played

  • Aretha Franklin

    Think

    • The Definitive Blues Brothers Collection.
    • Rhino.
    • 4.
  • Bedrich Smetana

    String Quartet No. 1 ("From My Life") in E minor (Allegro vivo appassionato)

    Ensemble: Dante Quartet.
    • Smetana & Sibelius: String Quartets.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Soave sia il vento

    Conductor: Karl Böhm. Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Singer: Elisabeth Schwarzkopf. Singer: Walter Berry. Singer: Christa Ludwig.
    • Cosi fan Tutte.
    • EMI.
    • 2.
  • Dexter Gordon and Lonette McKee

    How Long has This Been Going On?

    • Round Midnight - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack.
    • CBS.
    • 1.
  • Leslie Odom, Jr.

    The Room Where it Happens

    • Hamilton: Original Broadway Cast Recording.
    • Atlantic.
    • 5.
  • Ensemble du monde

    France - La Marseillaise - Hymne national français

    • Kubrix Fra.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Serenade No. 10 in B flat major, K. 361, "Gran Partita": Adagio

    Performer: German Wind Soloists.
    • Chill With Mozart.
    • Naxos.
    • 1.
  • Jools Holland & His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra

    Tuxedo Junction

    • Best Of Friends.
    • Rhino Records.
    • 1.

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  • Sun 28 Mar 2021 11:00
  • Fri 2 Apr 2021 09:00

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