The Ellard Collection

The psychopathology of sin

John Ellard



‘The psychopathology of sin’ is an essay by the late Dr John Ellard reproduced from the book The Anatomy of Mirages: a Psychiatrist Reflects on Life and the Mind.*

Dr Ellard, revered former Editor of Modern Medicine of Australia and Medicine Today and a distinguished psychiatrist, wrote many essays in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s on society’s most controversial and vexing issues. These were published in various journals including Modern Medicine of Australia, and also collected together and published as books. The essay ‘The psychopathology of sin’ originally appeared in the March 1985 issue of Modern Medicine of Australia.
* Ellard J. The anatomy of mirages: a psychiatrist reflects on life and the mind. Sydney: University of New South Wales Press; 1994. p. 207-217.

Article Extract

Every community becomes concerned about the activities of its law breakers; few of us are untouched by their presence. Neither burglar alarms nor Royal Commissions seem to stop them. Muddled thinking will not help either.

Picture credit: © Barry Olive, 2017