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The Royal College of Psychiatrists is the main professional organisation of psychiatrists in the United Kingdom, and is responsible for representing psychiatrists, for psychiatric research and for providing public information about mental health problems. The college provides advice to those responsible for training and certifying psychiatrists in the UK.

The College has existed in various forms since 1841, having started life as the Association of Medical Officers of Asylums and Hospitals for the Insane. In 1866, under the Presidency of William A. F. Browne, sometime Superintendent of the Crichton Royal at Dumfries (1838-1857) and a Scottish Commissioner in Lunacy, it became the Medico-Psychological Association. Browne, an erstwhile phrenologist, had considerable interest in his patients' art-works and was anxious to advance the scientific claims of medical psychology. In 1878 Browne's son, James Crichton-Browne, editor of the extremely influential West Riding Lunatic Asylum Medical Reports (1871-1876, six volumes), followed his father as President. In 1920 Crichton-Browne delivered the inaugural Maudsley Lecture. In 1926 the Association received its Royal Charter to become the Royal Medico-Psychological Association. Finally, in 1971, a Supplemental Charter accorded the Association the status of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

In addition to publishing many books and producing several journals, the College produces, for the public, information about mental health problems. Its offices are located at 17 Belgrave Square in London.

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