This issue of Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica brings Heinz Häfner's contribution to the series As I remember it [1]. Like each of these ‘memoirs’, also Heinz Häfner's is accompanied by a short biography [2].

All previous contributions to As I remember it [1-14] can be read on the Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica homepage The Journal is most interested in more nominations of contributors to the series, and we should be pleased and privileged to continue this series for the benefit of our readers, showing our acknowledgement to those senior colleagues for their substantial contributions to psychiatry.

Psychiatry has been through more radical changes since World War II as regards scientific paradigms, organizational principles and professional and political attitudes not saying ideologies. This editor has personally been through more of these eras. Not all of them have done only good to those with mental illnesses.

In this cacophonic scenario, a few colleagues became visible for more reasons. However, they all share one: a comprehensive long-lasting scientific attitude to the profession, remaining loyal to the psychiatric patient, securing that their patients were not disturbed by the less scientific-based fashions and blind ends. That psychiatry now in the first decades of the 21st century again seems to have accepted being – and is being accepted as – a medical speciality is not least because of these colleagues’ perseverance in their insisting on a scientific attitude to psychiatry.

The readers of the Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica have enjoyed reading some of these colleagues’ personal experience dating back to the middle of the 20th century, for some of them through more than 50 years.


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