A conversation from 2014 on the duration of antidepressant treatment

This correspondence with Professor Ian Reid is from 2014. This is the first time that I have shared it in the public domain. In my opinion, narrative is no less … Continue reading A conversation from 2014 on the duration of antidepressant treatment

A published and an unpublished review of ‘Bad Pharma’

Professor Ian Reid, who died tragically early at the age of 53 on 15 June 2014, played a leading role in British, especially Scottish academic psychiatry for over two decades. … Continue reading A published and an unpublished review of ‘Bad Pharma’

Lecture in progress

The ‘Lecture in Progress’ sign that features in this film was only illuminated whilst we, as medical students, waited outside the Anatomy Department of Marischal College, Aberdeen.  Musical credits: … Continue reading Lecture in progress

Dunbuy

Dunbuy rock, with its distinctive natural arch, is to be found just beyond Cruden Bay on a promontory reaching out into the North Sea. As a medical student, after visiting … Continue reading Dunbuy

an old coat

Two summers ago I left my old coat in the centre of Aberdeen on a gravestone in St Nicholas kirkyard. The coat was old and had first been worn by … Continue reading an old coat

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

Captain Phillips

A friend from Australia, aware of my interest in Johnston Shearer, the pioneer Scottish Photographer, recently sent me this photograph of Captain Phillips as taken in 1870 at 242 Union … Continue reading Captain Phillips

Psychiatry in General Practice (the early 1990s)

The following editorial was by Dr James Guy Edwards. It was published the year before I started training in psychiatry: The author was Editor of this Text Book: The first … Continue reading Psychiatry in General Practice (the early 1990s)

Mrs Crudelius

Some years ago, in the archive of the The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland, I came across a photograph of a tombstone with two angels … Continue reading Mrs Crudelius

EXIT music

This photograph is of a corridor that led out to a courtyard in the old hospital that I trained in. That hospital was Royal Cornhill in Aberdeen. I used to … Continue reading EXIT music