Celebrated Professor of Psychiatry, poet and literary critic, Femi Oyebode has many strings to his bow. With over 40 years of clinical experience, he bring his expertise in studying psychoses with his passion for medicine, philosophy and language.
Femi Oyebode is Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry and former Head of Department of Psychiatry at the University of Birmingham where he been a psychiatrist since 1978. He is also a celebrated author, poet and literary critic. Femi's incredible 44 year career has been driven by his deep desire to help human beings who are in distress.
Psychiatry is the clinical specialty that deals with the recognition and treatment of mental illness. Femi has focused his work on studying and describing the abnormal psychological experiences that are common in psychoses, namely delusions, hallucinations, and abnormalities of how the body and self are experienced. He became interested in this subject because it is an intersection of medicine, philosophy and language, three subjects that are his passion.
Femi believes it is impossible to practise psychiatry without a deep preoccupation with how language works, because language is the ultimate tool to reach into the inner world of another person, or without philosophy, the understanding of how to think and grasp complex ideas, it would be equally impossible to describe and then to categorise the nature of abnormal psychic phenomena.
As well as being a clinical psychiatrist, Femi also completed a PhD in the philosophy of the mind. In 2016 he was awarded the Royal College of Psychiatrists lifetime achievement award.