The Career of Dr John Todd And Drug Addiction Case Studies

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We were fortunate to obtain a copy of the case presentation from 1970, reproduced left, given by:-

Dr J Todd, Consultant Psychiatrist, High Royds Hospital.

It is a valuable insight for those of us not normally privy to such matters and makes very interesting reading. Notice that the copy, reprinted from the Yorkshire Faculty Journal, is signed by the man himself.

Dr John Todd

English psychiatrist, born March 16, 1914, London; died March 13, 1987

John was educated at the City Of London School and London University.

M.B.,B.S,M.R.C.S. (Eng).L.R.C.P.(Lond)

In 1937 Todd was awarded the Tanner Prize for Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Kings College Hospital, London. He was Consultant Psychiatrist, High Royds Hospital, Menston, West Yorkshire, from 1955 to 1979.

Bibliography Of Papers and Works, (written or contributed to) By Dr Todd:

The Practitioner, London, volume 173, 1954.

Autoscopia. The Oxford Medical School Gazette, 6,3.

The Doubleâ its Psychopathology and Psychophysiology. 

Jointly with Dr.K.Dewhurst.

The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disorder, 1955, 122: 47.

Syndrome of Alice in Wonderland. 

Canadian Medical Association Journal, Ottawa, 1955, 73: 701-704.

The Othello Syndrome:a study in the psychopathology of sexual jealousy. Jointly with Dr.K.Dewhurst. 

The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disorder, Baltimore, 1955, 122: 367. 

John Todd was the first to name the Othello Syndrome.

The psychosis of association: “Folie a Deux”. Jointly with Dr.K.Dewhurst. 

The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disorder, Baltimore, 1956, 123: 451.

The Syndrome of Capgras. Psychiatry Quarterly, 1957, 31: 250.

The Significance of the Doppelganger (hallucinatory double) in Folklore and Neuropsychiatry. 

Jointly with Dr.K.Dewhurst. The Practitioner, London, 1962, 188: 377.

The Bronte Children-aspects of their lives of medical interest. 

The Practitioner, London, 1967, 198: 575.

Drug Addiction and Artistic Genius. The Practitioner, London, 1968, 201: 513.

Lilliputian hallucination complicating dexamphetamine-amylobarbitone addiction.

British Journal of Addiction, Oxford, 1968, 63: 271-274.

Real or Imaginary Hypophallism. 

Jointly with Dr.J.Mackie and Dr.K.Dewhurst

The British Journal of Psychiatry, Ashford, 1971, 119: 550.

The Syndrome of Big Brother. 

The Practitioner, London, 1977, 219: 89.

Thyrotoxicosis during Lithium treatment. Jointly with Dr.T.Jerram. 

The British Journal of Clinical Practice, July 7, 1978, 32: 7.

The syndrome of Capgras. Jointly with Dr.K.Dewhurst and R.G.Wallis.

The British Journal of Psychiatry, Ashford, 1981, 139: 319.

The West Riding Asylum and James Crichton-Browne 1818-1876. Jointly with L.Ashworth.

Published in the book entitled: 150 Years of British Psychiatrists 1841-1991. Edited by German E. Berrios and Hugh Freeman. Royal College of Psychiatrists 1991.

The House. Written with L.Ashworth. 1993. Printed by Double “S” Printers, Bradford.
A history of the Wakefield Asylum

A Description:
A psychopathological syndrome of distorted space, time and body image. The patient has a feeling that the entire body or parts of it have been altered in shape and size (metamorphosis), associated with visual hallucinations.

Psychoanalytic interpretation by Todd has made more understandable and plausible the illusionary dreams, feeling of levitation, and alteration in the sense of passage of time that Alice experienced. Alice trod the paths and byways of a wonderland well known to Carroll, her creator, who suffered severely from migraine. The majority of patients have personal or family history of migraine.

In Lippmans report, one of the patients stated that she felt short and wide as she walked, calling this a ”tweedlike dum” or ”tweedle dee” feeling. Associated disorders may include apraxia, agnosia, language disorders, feelings of  dreamlike or trancelike states, and delirium.

The disorder was first described in 1955 by the English psychiatrist John Todd (1914-1987), who named it for Lewis Carrolls Alices Adventures in Wonderland.

The Cheshire Cat syndrome is another medical eponym taken from Alice in Wonderland. It was first described by the British physician Eric George Lapthorne Bywaters (born 1910) in 1968.

Real or Imaginary Hypophallism: 

A Cause of Inferiority Feelings and Morbid Sexual Jealousy 

JOHN TODD M.B., B.S., D.P.M.1, J. R. M. MACKIE M.D., F.R.C.P., D.P.M.1, and KENNETH DEWHURST D.Phil., D.P.M.2 

1Consultant Psychiatrist, High Royds Hospital, Menston, Yorkshire

2 Locum Consultant Psychiatrist, Hill End Hospital, St. Albans, Herts.

Morbid sexual jealousy has been defined, and references to the relevant literature have been made. The factors which predispose to morbid sexual jealousy have been outlined, and attention has been drawn to an additional predisposing factor, which has received little or no attention in the past. Case histories demonstrating the role of this additional predisposing factora real or imaginary smallness of the phallus have been presented.

The notion prevalent among men that a relatively small penis is a sexual handicap has been discussed, and the likelihood has been stressed that this notion is illusory.

Submitted on December 16, 1970

Br J Clin Pract. 1964 Aug ;18 :479-80 14206260 (P,S,E,B) 

Mesh-terms: Anemia, Macrocytic; Anticonvulsants; 
Other papers by authors:
Int J Neuropsychiatry. ;340 :257-62 14309091 (P,S,E,B) 
Practitioner. 1962 Mar ;188 :377-82 13921497 (P,S,E,B) 
The significance of the Doppelganger (hallucinatory double) in folk-lore and neuro-psychiatry. 
J Nerv Ment Dis. 1956 Nov ;124 (5):451-9 13463598 (P,S,E,B) 
The psychosis of a association; folie à deux. 
J Nerv Ment Dis. 1955 Oct ;122 (4):367-74 13307271 (P,S,E,B) 
The Othello syndrome; a study in the psychopathology of sexual jealousy. 
J Nerv Ment Dis. 1955 Jul ;122 (1):47-55 13278743 (P,S,E,B) 
The double: its psycho-pathology and psycho-physiology. 
Br J Psychiatry. 1981 Oct ;139 :319-27 7326542 (P,S,E,B) 
The syndrome of Capgras. 
J Todd, K Dewhurst, G Wallis 
Br J Psychiatry. 1971 Sep ;119 (550):315-8 5568202 (P,S,E,B) 
Real or imaginary hypophallism: a cause of inferiority feelings and morbid sexual jealousy. 
J Todd, J R Mackie, K Dewhurst Eugenics Society

Todd, Dr. J.N. MB, BS, FFCM 
Eugenics Society Member 1985 
Personal: Fellow, Faculty of Community Medicine 
Source: B&S 1986

Dr John Todd Kings college Fellow of Faculty of Community Medicine

Also shown are Dr Todd’s residence at High Royds and images of the house known as Bon-Accord, later, the Facilities Management Department. Research into drug addiction was carried out here.