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Robert M Kaplan

Robert M Kaplan is a forensic psychiatrist who is Clinical Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Medicine, University of Wollongong NSW. He lectures and teaches and has delivered papers at conferences on psychiatry, history and archaeology both here and overseas.

He has published in Australian and overseas journals, broadcast on the ABC and written Op-Ed pieces and columns for several publications. He writes regular pieces for the journal Australasian Psychiatry ; these include film and book reviews and a recent series Brief Psychiatric Lives . He has written on medicine, psychiatry, history, archaeology and crime; subjects include Josef Fritzl, Leonardo da Vinci, Vidkun Quisling, Adolf Hitler, James Joyce and Sigmund Freud.

His interests include serial killers and medical crime; the origin of modern humans; Jewish life and Talmudic thinking; medical messiahs, genocide, moral panic and modern witch-hunts.

He is the author of:

Medical Murder: Disturbing Cases of Doctors who Kill (Allen & Unwin, 2009)

Nominated for Ned Kelly Award – True Crime category.

The Exceptional Brain and how it changed the World (Allen & Unwin, 2011)