Emilio González Fernández

Category: Psychiatrist and writer
Birth Date: 17th April 1943
Birth Place: Santiago de Compostela (A Coruña)

-Doctor specialized in Psychiatry. -Doctor's degree in Social Anthropology. -Psychiatry assistant lecturer at the Faculty of Medicine in Santiago. -Psychiatrist at the Clinical Hospital in Santiago. -Member of the Ethnomedicine section at the 'Museo do Pobo Galego'. -From 1970 to 1975 he was the head of 'Conxo' psychiatric hospital, just when a troubled reform was taking place at this institution, which is a pioneer in the transformation movements of the traditional psychiatric assistance. -Founder and director of the Psychosocial Centre in Ferrol from 1975 to 1978, an important experience of community Psychiatry. -From 1970 to 1978 he worked as rural doctor in Cotobade and Rodeiro (Pontevedra). -Expert in themes about Community Mental Health and Anthropology applied to health.

 Work & Activities

WORKS: -A Psiquiatría en Galiza, Edicións do Rueiro, A Coruña, 1977. -As institucións da loucura en Galicia, in collaboration with García González, Minerva, Santiago de Compostela, 1978. -Espiritados. Ensaios de Etnopsiquiatría galega, in collaboration with Gondar Portasany, Laiovento, Santiago, 1992. -Cultura e Saúde Mental, Collection 'Saúde Mental' nº 11, Xunta de Galicia, Santiago, 1994. -A demanda de saúde mental en Comunidades Periféricas. A unidade de saúde mental como broker cultural, doctoral thesis, Santiago, 2000, unpublished. -Transcultural Psychiatry, in collaboration with J. M. Comelles, AEN, Madrid, 2000. He goes on working in especially interesting themes such as history of Galician Psychiatry, health management in peripheral communities, rural medicine, culture of the sanitary teams, doctor-patient relationship, health and European construction and cultural accesability for users to the sanitary services.