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Iain McGilchrist is a psychiatrist, doctor, writer, and former Oxford literary scholar.[1] McGilchrist came to prominence after the publication of his book The Master and His Emissary, subtitled The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World.[1]

McGilchrist read English at New College, Oxford, but having published Against Criticism in 1982,[2] he later retrained in medicine and has been a neuroimaging researcher at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and a Consultant Psychiatrist at the Maudsley Hospital in south London.[2] McGilchrist is a Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, and has three times been elected a Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford.[2]

According to his web site, McGilchrist currently works privately as a consultant psychiatrist in London, and otherwise lives on the Isle of Skye, off the coast of Scotland.[3]

Selected worksEdit


  1. 1.0 1.1 Kingerlee, Roger, Testa, Rita (2011). Review of The Master and his Emissary. Neuropsychoanalysis 12 (2): 222–226.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Staff (2009). Scientific and Medical Network Annual Gathering 2009 (pdf). The Scientific and Medical Network. URL accessed on 2009-12-22.
  3. McGilchrist, Iain (2009). Iain McGilchrist, author of The Master and his Emissary. URL accessed on 2010-02-07. From the author's web site home page.

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