Consultant Psychiatrist

In deepest Chelsea, London UK, there is a gem often overlooked by international visitors. In the picture DrB stands between the Psychiatry and Dermatology beds in Chelsea Physic Garden. Containing almost 5000 plant species from all over the world, the garden was founded in 1673 by the Society of Apothecaries, to study the medicinal properties of plants.

On the day I visited I noted not only how Psychiatry and Dermatology were almost “bed-fellows”, but also how neat and tidy Psychiatry seemed, in contrast to the exuberance of Dermatology!


Next time you have a chance, it is well worth a visit. The café is also notable for its home-baked cakes.

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Dr Christopher Bridgett (DrB) is a specialist in Adult General Psychiatry who has also worked in Dermatology since being first introduced to Psychodermatology by Arthur Rook in 1971. Together with dermatologists Richard Staughton (London) and Peter Norén (Uppsala) he co-authored Atopic Skin Disease - A Manual for Practitioners, which sets out a behavioural approach for the successful management of atopic eczema. Now retired from both NHS and private practice, he continues to teach and advise at Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, London and runs an online community for both practitioners and patients interested in The Combined Approach to the treatment of atopic eczema:

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