G. E. Berrios

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Germán Elías Berríos FMedSci is a Professor of Psychiatry at Cambridge University in the United Kingdom.


Berrios was born in Tacna, Peru, and studied medicine and philosophy at the University of San Marcos.[citation needed] He read Psychology, Philosophy and Physiology (PPP) at Corpus Christi College, Oxford University, where he was a scholar by examination.[citation needed] Between 1973 and 1976 he was a Lecturer in Psychiatry at the University of Leeds.

Berrios started teaching at Cambridge University in 1977. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists of the UK, the British Psychological Society, and the Academy of Medical Sciences. In 1989, he founded with Roy Porter the international journal History of Psychiatry[1] of which he remains the editor.[1]


His research has centred on the psychiatric complications of neurological disease and the history, structure and epistemological power of descriptive psychopathology.[2]


Berrios has published 14 books and more than 400 papers on the clinical, historical and philosophical aspects of neuropsychiatry,[3] descriptive psychopathology, and the hermeneutics of mental symptoms.[4]


He holds degrees honoris causa from the University of Heidelberg (Germany);[5] the Autonomous University of Barcelona (Spain);[6] and the University of Chile (Chile).[7] In 2006, a Chair in Descriptive Psychopathology carrying his name was established at the University of Antioquia (Medellín, Colombia).[8][9] In 2007 he was awarded the Order of the Sun (Class: Grand Officer) by the Peruvian Government;[10] in 2008 the Ramón y Cajal Award by the International Neuropsychiatric Association;[2]; in 2010 he was made Honorary Fellow by the Royal College of Psychiatrists of the UK;[citation needed] and in 2016 he received a Life-Achievement Award from La Sociedad Española de Psicogeriatría,[11] and the Honorio Delgado Medal from the Instituto Nacional de Salud Mental Honorio Delgado – Hideyo Noguchi, Perú.[12] In 2018 he received the ‘Maestro Laguna‘ award from the University of Alcalá (Madrid, Spain).[13]


  1. ^ "SAGE Journals: Your gateway to world-class journal research". SAGE Journals. Retrieved 12 January 2019.
  2. ^ Berrios G.E. (1996) The History of Mental Symptoms. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press.
  3. ^ http://www.deficitdeatencionperu.org/berrios.htm
  4. ^ "Dialogues in Philosophy, Mental and Neuro Sciences". www.crossingdialogues.com.
  5. ^ "Heidelberg y Cambridge: historia de dos departamentos universitarios" (pdf) (in Spanish).
  6. ^ "Germán Elías Berríos". www.uab.cat. UAB Barcelona.
  7. ^ "Psiquiatra Germán E. Berríos, Doctor Honoris Causa". noticias.med.uchile.cl (in Spanish).
  8. ^ "Cátedra Internacional de Psicopatología y Clínica Psiquiátrica Profesor Germán Berríos". www.javerianacali.edu.co (in Spanish).
  9. ^ http://www.udea.edu.co/portal/page/portal/portal/A.InformacionInstitucional/H.UnidadesAcademicas/A.Facultades/Medicina/J.PublicacionesMedios/E.Catedras/CatedraProfesorGermanBerrios[dead link]
  10. ^ p66, Klaren P F (2017) Historical Dictionary of Perú. Maryland, Rowman and Littlefield
  11. ^ SEPG Sociedad Española de Psicogeriatría. "Reconocimiento al Profesor Dr. Germán E. Berrios" – via YouTube.
  12. ^ "Instituto Nacional de Salud Mental Honorio Delgado - Hideyo Noguchi"". www.insm.gob.pe.
  13. ^ Fundación Lilly. "VII Lección Magistral Andrés Laguna 2018 Prof. Germán E. Berrios" – via YouTube.