Arthur Guirdham

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Dr. Arthur Guirdham (1905–1992) was an English physician, psychiatrist, novelist, and writer on the Cathar sect, alternative medicine, ESP and reincarnation.




He was born in Workington, Cumbria, into a working-class family of Huguenot descent—his father was a steel worker—yet due to the family's choice to sacrifice the secondary education of his sisters he was able to attend grammar school and ultimately Oxford University. While pursuing a career in psychiatry, Guirdham was also a tireless writer, supported by the nearly full-time secretarial and editing assistance of his wife Mary. After writing a couple of wartime thrillers he became increasingly interested in esoteric history and reincarnation, and moved into non-fiction. His books The Lake and the Castle (1976) and The Great Heresy: The History and Beliefs of the Cathars (1977) describe the Cathar faith. The Theory of Disease (1957), mentioned in Brian Inglis' History of Medicine, offered an early alternative perspective on mental illness and personality, including some ideas later taken up by the anti-psychiatry movement. He also wrote on Sigmund Freud and C.G.Jung. Most successful, however, were his books on reincarnation, notably The Cathars and Reincarnation which were translated into several languages and won him a loyal audience of enthusiasts and a significant role within British studies of the paranormal and alternative perspectives on mental illness.

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Reincarnation research


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