Hubris and the medical profession

I regularly read the BMJ Rapid Responses and find them to provide opportunities to learn and often to challenge any existing understandings that I may have established. The following response … Continue reading Hubris and the medical profession

‘Withdrawal advice added to depression guide’

This editorial begins the current BMJ:

‘borrowed words’

I have recently taken a most difficult decision: I have decided to retire as a doctor from the beginning of next year (2020). I really will miss being a doctor … Continue reading ‘borrowed words’

Leaving the profession

St John’s Hospital Livingston. NHS West Lothian EH54 6PP Friday 25th October 2019 To the President and Vice President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists: Professor Wendy Burn and Dr … Continue reading Leaving the profession

“What is treatment resistance in Psychiatry?”

The above editorial “What is treatment resistance in Psychiatry?” features in the current edition of World Psychiatry and has generated considerable discussion on social media. Ten months ago this “News” … Continue reading “What is treatment resistance in Psychiatry?”

Ketamine: “lost in translation?”

Last month I shared a BMJ Editorial on Ketamine by Dr Sameer Jauhar and Dr Paul Morrison. Since then there have been a number of published BMJ responses and replies. … Continue reading Ketamine: “lost in translation?”

“Those three little words”

This perspective in the current BMJ seems important to me. The author, Matt Morgan begins: “If ‘I love you’ are the three most important words in life, then ‘I don’t … Continue reading “Those three little words”

Medical Guidelines and lived experience

Many like me will welcome the news that NICE has amended its guidelines on depression. The hope must be that there will be better understanding and support for those, like … Continue reading Medical Guidelines and lived experience

Front-page/Back-page

The BMJ [12 October 2019] [please note: I try to record some of the weekly full-page adverts in medical journals because formal archives generally do not contain such promotional material]

Front-page/Back-page

The BMJ [5 October 2019] [please note: I try to record some of the weekly full-page adverts in medical journals because formal archives generally do not contain such promotional material]

“We should cautiously welcome this new therapeutic option”

There has long been awareness of the effects of Ketamine use among those who have taken it unprescribed. Given the lack of long term data on this specific “new therapeutic … Continue reading “We should cautiously welcome this new therapeutic option”

Front-page/Back-page

The BMJ [28 September 2019]. [please note: I try to record some of the weekly full-page adverts in medical journals because formal archives generally do not contain such promotional material]