Letter: Tom Arie obituary

David Jolley

In her book Sans Everything (1967) Barbara Robb “outed” the disgraceful excuse that passed for the care of old people with mental health problems.

It was for practitioners such as Tom Arie to make things better within the span of knowledge and resources available at that time. Other psychiatrists and geriatricians had broken similar ground. But Tom gave us the vision, confidence and cohesion to draw together a new discipline and share the essence with a grateful world.