Hole Ousia never stops learning. Hole Ousia is troubled that the ‘collaboration’ with the Pharmaceutical Industry in ‘medical education’ can have consequences and actually undermine science which seeks objectivity.

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?”

“His thoughtfulness and modesty”

Recently Professor Rob Howard, Old Age Psychiatrist, University College London, having read a “Real Psychiatry” blog post written by George Dawson MD said: “I have learned a lot from Georges’s … Continue reading “His thoughtfulness and modesty”

“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

Psychiatrists on social media

It cannot be easy to be a psychiatrist on social media! The above psychiatrists, all prominent on social media, will recognise this concern. The academic breadth of the above psychiatrists … Continue reading Psychiatrists on social media

‘A life revisited’

What follows are a few extracts from ‘A Life Revisited’ by Philip Eade, which is a marvellous account of the life of Evelyn Waugh:    

l a b e l s

In 1930 Evelyn Waugh published a travel book that he called “Labels”: Twenty years later Evelyn Waugh had a three week period of psychosis and hallucinations which today might have … Continue reading l a b e l s

PARALDEHYDE

When I began my training in Psychiatry Paraldehyde was occasionally still used, particularly in the ‘Forensic ward’. You could smell it on opening the locked door to the Forensic ward. … Continue reading PARALDEHYDE

“Huda for RCPsych President!”

On social media, Dr Paul Morrison, Psychiatrist, researcher and member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists has proposed Dr Samei Huda for the Presidency of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. … Continue reading “Huda for RCPsych President!”

‘Lines with unfinished endings’

These unfinished lines are from a humourous poetic composition (versus de cabo rata) from Don Quixote by Cervantes. [the photograph is of Dr Peter J Gordon taken in his NHS … Continue reading ‘Lines with unfinished endings’

“I am the most unfortunate doctor”

This is a passage from Don Quoxite was written by Miguel De Cervantes over 400 years ago: [please note: the above portrait is of Miguel De Cervantes and not the … Continue reading “I am the most unfortunate doctor”