Till the Break of Day: A History of Mental Health Services in Singapore, 1841-1993 (2nd edition)

$38.00 SGD


By Ng Beng Yeong

This book documents the development of psychiatry in Singapore since its humble beginnings in the British colonial period. It should be of interest to health professionals, medical students, historians interested in the development of medicine and psychiatry and even members of the public with some basic understanding of psychiatry and psychology. Relatives and caregivers of psychiatric patients would also find the information furnished in this book enlightening.


"Dr Ng has written an informative and detailed history of an issue of national importance. Psychiatry is a discipline continually facing stigma, and its history is often ignored on such a basis. Dr Ng's history, and his clear advocacy of the advances made in Singapore psychiatry, should inform both general and specialist readers."
Prof. Gordon Parker, Research Director, Institute of Mental Health, Singapore (1998-2000)

"History is the collection of written records curated for the next generation. Without a good understanding of how psychiatry developed in Singapore, we cannot bring the care of the mentally ill forward in any meaningful way. This book lays the foundation for the development of mental health services here and kudos goes to the intrepid author for his wonderful narrative of this dawn of Singapore psychiatry." Dr Daniel Fung, Chairman, Medical Board, Institute of Mental Health, Singapore


Ng Beng Yeong is the founding President of College of Psychiatrists, Academy of Medicine, Singapore. He was formerly Head of Department, Psychiatry, Singapore General Hospital (2006-2015) and President of Singapore Sleep Society (2006-2008).


Publication Year: 2016
340 pages, 216mm x 152mm
ISBN: 978-981-4722-40-7, Paperback

NUS Press