Barriers still exist

The following article featured in yesterday’s Perthshire Courier:

Recently I compiled the following post on the ‘Edinburgh Seven’ and it occurred to me that the ‘prescribed harm community’ has faced similar ‘”barriers” and also – metaphorically speaking – “mud-slinging”. It is possible – in world-wide terms at least – that those who have experienced, or who continue to live with harmful consequences of prescribed medication, may number sevens of millions and seven times more!

I shared my recent post with two outstanding women: Professor Wendy Burn, President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and Dr Kate Lovett, Dean of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. The post is copied below:

The above image shows Violet Borkowska, Hikari Sakurai, Megan Cameron, Simran Piya, Izzie Dighero, Caitlin Taylor, and Mei Yen Liew, collecting the degrees on behalf of the “Edinburgh Seven”: Mary Anderson, Emily Bovell, Matilda Chaplin, Helen Evans, Sophia Jex-Blake, Edith Pechey, and Isabel Thorne.

Below I have collected archive material on Dr Sophia Jex-Blake (1849-1912), beginning with extracts from a biography published in 1918:

The following article was  published in the Common Cause, 19 September 1924:

The following letters were written in mid-January 1871 and published in the Scotsman. These letters reveal what an extraordinary young woman Sophia Jex-Blake was and also the outright hostility that she faced from the Royal College of Surgeons – simply for asking to be treated equally:

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