“Strong argument”

The Medical Model in Mental Health: An Explanation and Evaluation has recently been published by Oxford University Press. In the weeks leading up to publication the author stated “it is … Continue reading “Strong argument”

Akathisia

Almost two decades ago the British Journal of Psychiatry included an interesting account about Akathisia to mark the hundredth anniversary of its recognition as a very serious, dangerous and unpleasant … Continue reading Akathisia

“uncritical partisan narrative”

In a previous post I shared this paper: The declarations of interest were given as follows: I have written the following open letter to the lead author: Sent: 22 May … Continue reading “uncritical partisan narrative”

“Antidepressants, withdrawal and addiction: where are we now?”

This perspective has just been published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology. My brief response to one of the authors can be read here, alongside further details of the competing interests of … Continue reading “Antidepressants, withdrawal and addiction: where are we now?”

Open questions to Professor Daniel Smith

A recent NHS Scotland study by Professor Daniel J. Smith of the University of Glasgow was widely reported because of the “concerning findings”. This was a typical headline [the Herald]:The authors concluded that … Continue reading Open questions to Professor Daniel Smith

“Put to Bed”

On the 21st February 2018 Professor Carmine Pariante was quoted across the world: “this meta-analysis finally puts to bed the controversy on antidepressants . . . “ The Science Media … Continue reading “Put to Bed”

On certainty and uncertainty

Over the course of my 25 year career as a doctor I have come across a human need for certainty. However, it is my view that in trying to be … Continue reading On certainty and uncertainty

The Scottish Pharmacist

In an antique shop in Grantown in Spey I came across a 1978 edition of ‘The Scottish Pharmacist’. Some of the articles made me laugh out loud but led to … Continue reading The Scottish Pharmacist

Beethoven’s fifth symphony

This is a passage from Howards End and the Schlegel sisters are discussing Beethoven’s fifth symphony: It occurs to me that we are today doing the very same with emotion. … Continue reading Beethoven’s fifth symphony

To do the best we can

This is a short film I made almost a decade ago that I have not shared again until today. I would suggest that the following institutions and honourable professionals might … Continue reading To do the best we can