Octavian Buda

Author Biography and Research Interests: 

M.D. Graduation at the University of Medicine and Pharmacy ‘Carol Davila’ - Bucharest, 1992. Master of Arts in Philosophy at the University of Bucharest, 1997, Graduate Thesis: Karl Jaspers’ Anthropology and Political Philosophy.Ph.D. Postgraduate (Doctor in medical sciences) at the University of Medicine and Pharmacy ‘Carol Davila’ - Bucharest, 2001 Doctoral Thesis: Forensic and Psychopathological Criteria of Irresponsibility

Since 1994, Reseacher at the Forensic Psychiatry Department of the National Institute of Legal Medicine ‘Mina Minovici’, Bucharest.
Since 2005, Senior forensic psychiatrist at the same department
Young Investigator Awardee of the 14th Meeting of the International Association of Forensic Sciences (IAFS) - Tokyo, 1996
Posterprize winner of the German Society of Legal Medicine, 79th Annual Meeting of the German Society of Legal Medicine - Essen, 2000
Volkswagen Fellow - Konferenz der Deutschen Akademien der Wissenschaften at the Institute of Forensic Psychiatry of the Charité - Free University of Berlin, 1998
Visiting Fellow at the Oxford Brookes University, UK, 2008

Research Interests: 
Forensic psychiatry, the social history of forensic medicine and psychiatry, history of medicine, epidemiology, criminology and forensic psychoanalysis, cultural and psychiatric anthropology, medical epistemology, and intellectual history.


The late works of Emil Kraepelin

Octavian Buda

7th May 2009; Goethe Institute Riga, Latvia.

Emil Kraepelin (1856-1926) is identified as the founder of contemporary scientific psychiatry, as well as of psychopharmacology and psychiatric genetics. Kraepelin believed that psychiatric diseases stemmed  from biological and genetic malfunctions. His theories dominated the field of psychiatry at the start of the twentieth century, despite the later psychodynamic incursions of Sigmund Freud and his followers.

Variolation from the Balkans ‐ Through Romanian Territories ‐ to Western Europe, 1678‐1802

Octavian Buda

(‘Carol Davila’ University of Medicine and Pharmacy Bucharest)

“Variolation from the Balkans ‐ Through Romanian Territories ‐ to Western Europe, 1678‐1802”


Published Books:
 Irresponsibility - from the Point of View of Psychiatry and Legal Medicine with Applications in Penal, Civil and Familial Law. Bucharest: Editura Stiintelor Medicale, 2006.
(ed.). Criminality: Its Legal and Medical History in Romania. Bucharest: Editura Paralela 45, 2007. (ed.). An Anthropology of Marginality - Forensic Psychiatry in Romania 1860-1940. Bucharest: Editura Caligraf, 2007.

Selected Journal Articles:
“The Face of Madness in Romania.” History of Psychiatry (forthcoming).
with Arsene D, Ceausu M, Dermengiu D, and Curca GC. “Georges Marinesco and the early research in neuropathology.” Neurology 72 (January 2009): pp.88-91.
“Marginalization versus Mental Illness and Stigmatization: Bioethical Dilemmas.” Romanian Journal of Bioethics 2 (2008): pp.83-99.
“Ethical issues in forensic and community Psychiatry.” Romanian Journal of Bioethics 4 (2006): pp.25-28.

Working Group in the History of Race and Eugenics



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