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 The late Anthony Clare: his last book, “On Men: Masculinity in Crisis”, was published in 2000: he seems to have been remarkably premature in some of his pronouncements as well as being too reductive. Photograph Brenda Fitzsimons

The late Anthony Clare: his last book, “On Men: Masculinity in Crisis”, was published in 2000: he seems to have been remarkably premature in some of his pronouncements as well as being too reductive. Photograph Brenda Fitzsimons

Frequently described as “the leading psychiatrist of his generation”, Dubliner Anthony Clare died suddenly 10 years ago. The publication of his book Psychiatry in Dissent in 1976 launched his very public career and he became a mainstay in British and Irish media as well as holding senior academic posts in London and Dublin. The BBC Radio 4 programme he presented, In the Psychiatrist’s Chair, ran from 1982 to 2001 and made him famous while also ensuring he was credited with almost single-handedly demystifying psychiatry.

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