This is for any post, of any sort, that might help us understand the Hydra-headed beast of stigma. Help Hole Ousia chop off some heads. Let us hope they do not re-grow.

BRITAIN’S SIBERIA

Fifteen years ago the following paper [shared in full below] by Dr Allan Beveridge was published in the Journal of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh. The paper explores … Continue reading BRITAIN’S SIBERIA

two poems

Peter Gordon reading two poems. Thursday 8 October 2020, Mossgrove, Bridge of Allan:

The gardener of Finca Vigia

This is from  t h e  s c a n d a l  o f  t h e  c e nt u r y  by Gabriel García Márquez:

“Might be seen as . . .”

The above – partial quote – comes from the following closing paragraph of an Editorial that has been published in the current edition of the British Journal of General Practice: … Continue reading “Might be seen as . . .”

Prussic Acid

What is not said in the above newspaper report or the short medical obituary below was that Arthur Edward Buckell was morning the death of his wife who had recently … Continue reading Prussic Acid

FOR the INSTITUTION

It is by the institution’s rules that we learn, said a spokesperson FOR the INSTITUTION. It is ‘brave to speak up’ for the institution said a spokesperson FOR the INSTITUTION. … Continue reading FOR the INSTITUTION

DIVISIONS

To anti-THIS and anti-THAT – each day a new ‘recruit’ is enlisted: played out on a BINGO card – but this is not a game. In the anti-WORLD of military … Continue reading DIVISIONS

Glad it’s all over

July 2020. CR229: a ‘Position Statement’ by the Royal College of Psychiatrists has been published: The Final report of the Patient Safety Group on Self-Harm and Suicide in Adults.  CR229: makes … Continue reading Glad it’s all over

‘HEAR OUR VOICE’

In today’s Sunday Post the following open letter was shared: There was a wide range of signatories to this letter including Baroness Cumberlege who chaired the recent First Do No … Continue reading ‘HEAR OUR VOICE’

Peter’s Lost Marbles

This film, made in 2011, which voiced my disquiet about the enthusiasm for the early diagnosis of dementia, generated such a defensive response that I felt I had to remove … Continue reading Peter’s Lost Marbles

60 days for begging

This film is about Henry Ewing Talbot (1911-1983). He was known as ‘Snibs’. For the last three decades of his life he lived in Bennane cave in South Ayrshire. A … Continue reading 60 days for begging