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Profile: Dr Raj Persaud

Dr Raj Persaud
Dr Persaud has a high-profile media career
Media psychiatrist Professor Raj Persaud has admitted to the General Medical Council that he plagiarised articles from other academics.

He said he had not been dishonest and argued that he had not brought the profession "into disrepute".

Professor Raj Persaud is, for many, the public face of psychiatry, with numerous appearances on radio and television.

One of his gifts is the ability to make some of the concepts of psychiatry easily understood by the public, and much of his work has been themed on their most common preoccupations and worries.

Most people know him from the This Morning show on ITV, where he first appeared in 1994, alongside Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan, offering advice to viewers on the phone.

For the BBC, he has presented, among others, the psychology and psychiatry programme All in the Mind.

Now aged 45, he was once described by The Spectator as "the most eminent psychiatrist of the age".

Born in Reading, he attended the private Haberdashers' Aske's school, then University College London.

He was to become one of Britain's youngest consultant psychiatrists, winning the Royal College of Psychiatrists' Research Medal, and voted into the top 10 in the UK by his peers in 2002.

Prodigious workload

Persaud, who holds the title of Professor for his work to further the public understanding of psychiatry, is currently a consultant at the Maudsley Hospital in London.

He holds nine degrees including a first-class degree in psychology and a Masters in Statistics.

Even putting to one side his clinical and media work, which has included writing for several national newspapers, his output has been prodigious - including the publication of more than 100 academic papers in journals and a number of books.

These included 2005's The Motivated Mind and a book on the "psychology of seduction" called Simply Irresistible.

He has even worked as an external examiner for medical schools and sits on the editorial committees for important medical journals such as the BMJ and British Journal of Psychiatry.

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