Communicating with a President

My uncle, Dr Guy Scott, was President of Zambia. When my uncle last visited Scotland we chatted awa as if there was no tomorrow. I have also communicated with a … Continue reading Communicating with a President

The second most popular joke

This was listed as the second most popular joke in the Edinburgh Festival for 2019.  

“Good debate is respectful and constructive”

In December of 2018 The Royal College of Psychiatrists and the British Psychological Society came together to confirm a common set of ideals and principles. These were published in the … Continue reading “Good debate is respectful and constructive”

An explanation

Shortly after this new text book was published I purchased it and read it over a long weekend in May. I took notes and added marginalia as I read [here … Continue reading An explanation

National Suicide Prevention Strategy

Last month I wrote to the Lead for the National Suicide Prevention Strategy for England. The current lead, Professor Louis Appleby, has a prominent social media presence and naturally many … Continue reading National Suicide Prevention Strategy

The Psychopharmacology Committee of the Royal College of Psychiatrists

Almost a year has passed since I last considered the Psychopharmacology Committee of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. This committee has ten members including the Chair. Here is a summary … Continue reading The Psychopharmacology Committee of the Royal College of Psychiatrists

“elf-haunted”

In ‘Pale Fire’ Vladimir Nabokov talks of “the elf-haunted alderwood”. All woodlands need light or there will not be new growth.

Psychiatry Careers in Scotland

On the 14th June 2019 the Vice President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (who is also Chair of the Scottish Division) was involved in a #choosepsychiatry campaign called “Psychiatry … Continue reading Psychiatry Careers in Scotland

‘They say no’

The words in this piece on antidepressant prescribing come from the novel ‘Grace Notes’ by Bernard MacLaverty. This novel was published the same year that I was started on an … Continue reading ‘They say no’

“Excessive claims by drug firms”

You may read this title and wonder who said it? If you have come across my blog before it would be reasonable to consider that it was said by me! … Continue reading “Excessive claims by drug firms”

“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”

‘Royal College adds voice’

The following is an article published in the current BMJ: