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Professor Edgar Jones  MA DPhil PhD FRHistS DipClinPsych
Professor of the History of Medicine and Psychiatry
Programme Leader, MSc in War and Psychiatry

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tel020 7848 5413
fax020 7848 5408
addressWeston Education Centre,
10 Cutcombe Road,
London SE5 9RJ
location 103 Denmark Hill
departmentsPsychological Medicine
alsoGeneral Hospital Psychiatry
King's Centre for Military Health Research

activities and interests

Military psychiatry, Maudsley history, evolution of PTSD, treatment of war syndromes, psychological effects of war on civilians.

teaching activities

War and Psychiatry » Masters (MSc)


E. Jones and J.P. Watson (1997), Delusion, The Overvalued Idea and Religious Beliefs: A Comparative Analysis of their Characteristics, British Journal of Psychiatry, 170: 381-86.
E. Jones (1999), The Phenomenology of Abnormal Belief: A Philosophical and Psychiatric Inquiry, Philosophy, Psychiatry & Psychology, 6 (1): 2-16.
E. Jones and S. Wessely (1999), Case of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome after Crimean War and Indian Mutiny, BMJ 2: 1645-47.
E. Jones and I. Palmer (2000), Army Psychiatry in the Korea War: the experience of 1 Commonwealth Division, Military Medicine 165: 256-60.
D. Beer, E. Jones and M. Lipsedge (2000), History of psychiatric disorders and treatments, Current Opinion in Psychiatry 13: 709-15.
E. Jones and S. Wessely (2001), The origins of British military psychiatry before the First World War, War and Society 19(2): 91-108.
E. Jones (2001), The Business of Medicine, A History of Glaxo, 1935-1985, London: Profile Books.
E. Jones and S. Wessely (2001) Psychiatric battle casualties: an intra- and inter-war comparison, British Journal of Psychiatry 178: 242-47.
E. Jones, R Hodgins Vermaas, H. McCartney, B. Everitt, C. Beech, D. Poynter, I. Palmer, K. Hyams and S. Wessely (2002), Post-combat syndromes from the Boer War to the Gulf: a cluster analysis of their nature and attribution, BMJ 324: 321-24.
E. Jones, I. Palmer and S. Wessely (2002) War pensions (1900-1945): changing models of psychological understanding, British Journal of Psychiatry 180: 374-79.
E. Jones (2002), Prejudicial Beliefs: their nature and expression, In Bhui K. (Ed), Racisim and Mental Health, Prejudice and Suffering, London: Jessica Kingsley, 26-34.
E. Jones, R. Hodgins Vermaas, H. McCartney, C. Beech, I. Palmer, K. Hyams and S. Wessely (2003), Flashbacks and post-traumatic stress disorder: the genesis of a twentieth-century diagnosis, British Journal of Psychiatry 182: 158-63.
E. Jones and S. Wessely (2003), The Impact of Total War on the practice of British Psychiatry, In Chickering, R. and Förster, S. (Eds), The Shadows of Total War, Europe, East Asia and the United States, 1919-39, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 129-48.
E. Jones, K. Hyams and S. Wessely (2003), Screening for vulnerability to psychological disorders in the military: an historical survey, Journal of Medical Screening 10: 40-46.
E. Jones, R. Hodgins Vermaas, C. Beech, I. Palmer, K. Hyams and S. Wessely (2003), Mortality and post-combat syndromes: UK veterans of the Boer War and World War One. Military Medicine 168: 414-418.
E. Jones and S. Wessely (2003), PTSD: the history of a concept. Psychiatry 2: 1-4.
E. Jones (2003), Aubrey Lewis, Edward Mapother and the Maudsley, in K. Angel, E. Jones and M. Neve, European Psychiatry on the Eve of War: Aubrey Lewis, the Maudsley Hospital and the Rockefeller Foundation in the 1930s, Medical History Supplement No. 22: 3-38.
E. Jones and S. Wessely (2003), ‘Forward psychiatry’ in the military: its origins and effectiveness, Journal of Traumatic Stress 16: 411-19.
D. Clauw, C. Engel, R. Aronowitz, E. Jones, H. Kipen, K. Kroenke, S. Ratzan, M. Sharpe and S. Wessely (2003), Unexplained symptoms after terrorism and war: an expert consensus statement, Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine 45: 1040-48.
E. Jones and S. Wessely (2004), Hearts, guts and minds: somatisation in the military from 1900, Journal of Psychosomatic Research 56, 425-29.
E. Jones, (2004), Charles Rycroft and the historical perspective, in Jenny Rycroft (ed.), Analyst of the Imagination, The Life and Work of Charles Rycroft, London: Karnack Books, 155-63.
E. Jones (2004), Doctors and trauma in World War One: the response of British military psychiatrists, In Gray, P. and Oliver, K. (Eds), The Memory of Catastrophe, Manchester: Manchester University Press, 91-105.
S. Wessely and E. Jones (2004), Psychiatry and the ‘lessons of Vietnam’: What were they, and are they still relevant? War and Society 22: 89-103.
E. Jones, R. Woolven, B. Durodié and S. Wessely (2004), Civilian Morale during World War Two: responses to air-raids re-examined, Social History of Medicine 17: 463-79.
E. Jones (2004), War and the practice of psychotherapy: the UK experience 1939-1960, Medical History 48: 493-510.
E. Jones and S. Wessely (2005), Shell Shock to PTSD, Military Psychiatry from 1900 to the Gulf War, Hove: Maudsley Monograph, Psychology Press.
E. Jones and S. Wessely (2005), War Syndromes: the impact of culture on medically unexplained symptoms, Medical History 49: 55-75.
E. Jones, R. Woolven, W. Durodié and S. Wessely (2006), Public Panic and Morale: World War Two civilian responses re-examined in the light of the current anti-terrorist campaign, Journal of Risk Research 9: 57-73.
E. Jones (2006), ‘LMF’: the use of psychiatric stigma in the Royal Air Force during the Second World War, Journal of Military History 70: 439-58.
E. Jones (2006), The psychology of killing: the combat experience of British soldiers during the First World War, Journal of Contemporary History 41: 229-46.
E. Jones and N. Greenberg (2006), Royal Naval psychiatry: organization, methods and outcomes 1900 to 1945, Mariners Mirror 92: 190-203.
E. Jones (2006), Historical approaches to post-combat disorders, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society (B) 361: 533-42.
E. Jones, K. Hyams and S. Wessely (2006), Iconic Images of War: photographs that changed history, The Historian 92: 5-11.
E. Jones, A. Thomas and S. Ironside (2007), Shell Shock: an outcome study of a First World War ‘PIE’ unit, Psychological Medicine 37: 215-24.
E. Jones and S. Wessely (2007), A paradigm shift in the conceptualization of psychological trauma in the twentieth century, Journal of Anxiety Disorders 21: 164-75.
E. Jones, S. Rahman and R. Woolven (2007), The Maudsley Hospital: design and strategic direction, 1923-39, Medical History 51: 357-78.
H. Lee and E. Jones (2007), War and Health, Lessons from the Gulf War, Chichester: John Wiley.
E. Jones, N.T. Fear and S. Wessely (2007), Shell Shock and mild Traumatic Brain Injury: a historical review, American Journal of Psychiatry 164: 1641-45.
E. Jones, The psychological effects of chemical weapons: the experience of British soldiers in the First World War, in 1915 Innocence Slaughtered Ashgate Publishing (in press).
E. Jones and N. Greenberg (2007), Long-term psychological consequences among chemical war survivors of the Great War, Psychiatric Annals 37: 724-28.
E. Jones, I. Palmer and S. Wessely (2007), Enduring beliefs about effects of gassing in war: qualitative study, BMJ 335: 1313-15.
E. Jones and S. Rahman (2008), Framing Mental Illness (1923-1939): the Maudsley Hospital and its patients, Social History of Medicine 21: 107-25.
E. Jones (2008), The Art of Medicine: Doctors at War, Lancet 371: 1658-59.
E. Jones, B. Everitt, S. Ironside, I. Palmer and S. Wessely (2008), Psychological effects of chemical weapons: a follow-up study of First World War veterans, Psychological Medicine 38: 1419-26.
B. Evans, S. Rahman and E. Jones (2008), Managing the ‘unmanageable’: interwar child psychiatry at the Maudsley Hospital, London, History of Psychiatry 19: 455-76.
E. Jones and K. Bhui (2009), The new ethics of research into terrorism, BMJ 338: 54.
E. Jones and S. Rahman (2009), The Maudsley Hospital and the Rockefeller Foundation: The impact of funding on research and training, Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences 64: 273-99.
N.T. Fear, E. Jones, M. Groom, N. Greenberg, L. Hull, T.J. Hodgetts and S.Wessely (2009), Symptoms of post-concussional syndrome are non-specifically related to mild traumatic brain injury in UK Armed Forces personnel on return from deployment in Iraq: an analysis of self-reported data, Psychological Medicine 39: 1379-88.
E. Jones and S. Ironside (2010), Battle Exhaustion: the dilemma of psychiatric casualties in Normandy, June-August 1944, Historical Journal 53: 109-28.
E. Jones (2010), Shell Shock at Maghull and the Maudsley: the origins of psychological medicine, Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences 65: 368-95.
E. Jones and S. Wessely (2010), Prisoners-of-War: from resilience to psychological vulnerability, reality or perception, Twentieth Century British History 21: 163-83.
N. Greenberg, E. Jones, N. Jones, N.T. Fear and S. Wessely (2010), The Injured Mind in the UK Armed Forces, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 361: 533-42.
E. Jones and N.T. Fear (2011), Alcohol use and misuse within the military: a review, International Review of Psychiatry 23: 166-72.
E. Jones (2011), The military and its psychiatric challenges, International Review of Psychiatry 23: 125-26.
R.L. Seddon, E. Jones and N. Greenberg (2011), The role of chaplains in maintaining the psychological health of military personnel: an historical and contemporary perspective, Military Medicine 176 (12): 1357-61.
Kamaldeep Bhui, Madelyn Hicks, Myrna Lashley and Edgar Jones (2012), A public health approach to understanding and preventing violent radicalisation, BMC Medicine, 10:16 doi:10.1186/1741-7015-10-16
B. Evans and E. Jones (2012), Organ Extracts and the Development of Psychiatry: Hormonal Treatments at the Maudsley Hospital 1923-1938, Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences 48: 251-76.
E. Jones, S. Rahman and B. Everitt (2012), Psychiatric case notes: symptoms of mental illness and their attribution at the Maudsely Hospital, 1924-35, History of Psychiatry 23 (2): 156-68.
E. Jones (2012), War Neuroses and Arthur Hurst: a pioneering medical film or misleading propaganda, Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences 67 (3): 345-73.
S. Linden, V. Hess and E. Jones (2012), Neurological manifestations of trauma, lessons from World War One, European Archives of Psychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience 262: 253-64.
E. Jones (2012), ‘The Gut War’: Functional Somatic Disorders in the UK during the Second World War, History of the Human Sciences 25 (5): 29-47.
H. McColl, K.S. Bhui and E. Jones (2012), The role of doctors in investigation, prevention and treatment of torture, Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, 105: 464-71.
S. Linden and E. Jones (2012), German battle casualties: the treatment of functional somatic disorders during World War One, Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences (doi:10.1093/jhmas/jrs024).
E. Jones (2012), Neuro Psychiatry 1943: the role of documentary film in the dissemination of medical knowledge and promotion of the UK psychiatric profession, Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences (doi:10.1093/jhmas/jrs067).
H.J. Forbes, F.S. Boyd, N. Jones, N., Greenberg, E. Jones, S. Wessely and A.C. Iversen (2013), Attitudes to Military Health in the UK Military: a comparison with the general population,’ Military Medicine, 178: 957-65.
MacManus, D., Jones, N., Greenberg, N, Jones, E. and Wessely, S. (2014), The mental health of the UK armed forces in the 21st century: resilience in the face of adversity, Journal of the Royal Army Medical Corps (doi:10.1136/jramc-2013-000213).
K.S. Bhui, N. Warfa and Edgar Jones (2014), Is violent radicalisation associated with poverty, migration, poor self-reported health and common mental disorders? PLOS ONE. 9(3): e90718. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0090718

last updated: Wednesday, March 26, 2014