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!”

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]

Dr Mark Bolstridge

As a psychiatrist interested in the science and ethics of my profession I have followed discussions on social media involving some of my colleagues. I am not on Twitter so … Continue reading Dr Mark Bolstridge