Gerald Russell

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Gerald Russell
Born (1928-01-12)12 January 1928
Died 21 August 2018(2018-08-21) (aged 90)
Alma mater University of Edinburgh
Occupation Psychiatrist
Known for Eating disorders
Title Prof
Children 3 sons

Gerald Francis Morris Russell (12 January 1928 – 21 August 2018)[1] was a British psychiatrist.[2] In 1979 he published the first description of bulimia nervosa,[3][4] and Russell's sign has been named after him.

Early life[edit]

Russell was schooled at George Watson's College, Edinburgh, and he qualified as a medical doctor with MBChB from the University of Edinburgh in 1950.[2][5]


Russell gained a PhD in Neurology from the University of Edinburgh in 1957.[6]


From 1971 to 1979 Russell was a professor and consultant psychiatrist at the Royal Free Hospital, London, and from 1979 to 1993 he was a professor at the Institute of Psychiatry at the Maudsley Hospital, London,[2] where he set up an eating disorder unit,[7] which has been named after him. From 1993 he has worked at Priory Hosp Hayes Grove, Bromley, Kent.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Russell married Margaret née Taylor on 8 September 1950, and they had three sons, born 1951, 1956 and 1957. His hobbies include art galleries, photography, and music.[2]


  1. ^ Professor Gerald Russell obituary (subscription required)
  2. ^ a b c d e Debrett's People of Today 2005 (18th ed.). Debrett's. p. 1433. ISBN 1-870520-10-6. 
  3. ^ Russell, Gerald (August 1979). "Bulimia nervosa: an ominous variant of anorexia nervosa". 9 (3). Psychological Medicine: 429–48. doi:10.1017/S0033291700031974. PMID 482466. 
  4. ^ Palmer, Robert (2004). "Bulimia nervosa: 25 years on". The British Journal of Psychiatry. British Journal of Psychiatry. 185 (6): 447–448. doi:10.1192/bjp.185.6.447. PMID 15572732. 
  5. ^ "List of Registered Medical Practitioners (The online Register)". General Medical Council. Retrieved 18 July 2011. 
  6. ^ M., Russell, G. F. (1957). "Pupil and accommodation: observations on their nervous control in health and disease". 
  7. ^ "The Eating Disorder Unit" (pdf). Comment: The College Newsletter. King's College London. July 2007. p. 9. [permanent dead link]

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