Compelling Evidence

The Expert told Parliament that there is “compelling evidence” for long-term treatment with antidepressants. This the Expert said is “maintenance treatment”.[1] The Expert told Parliament: “Depression is under-treated across the … Continue reading Compelling Evidence

“What’s the beef?”

The authors of this recently published perspective on antidepressants ask: “What’s the beef?” Here is my response: This is an extremely poorly written perspective: the language is clumsy and the … Continue reading “What’s the beef?”

‘The Future of Dementia Care’

The Annual Conference of the Faculty of Old Age Psychiatry will take place next month and has Professor Craig Ritchie presenting on “The Future of Dementia Care” The publicly available … Continue reading ‘The Future of Dementia Care’

‘The Medical Model in Mental Health’

This book by Dr Samei Huda is soon to be published by Oxford University Press. It promises to offer an “explanation and evaluation” of the ‘Medical Model in Mental Health’. … Continue reading ‘The Medical Model in Mental Health’

“And the Gordon Bennett Trophy goes to . . .”

It is likely that you will know the phrase “Gordon Bennett” as an expression of incredulity. But who was Gordon Bennett? And why is he remembered in this way? James … Continue reading “And the Gordon Bennett Trophy goes to . . .”

The Narrative Controllers

Science is important to us all. This post is an attempt to explore some of the broad issues that we need to consider to ensure scientific integrity. Science is more … Continue reading The Narrative Controllers

University of Oxford – Department of Psychiatry

This is the third in a series of posts that seeks to examine British academia’s “strategic partnerships with industry”. The following slideshow shares some of the University of Oxford, Department of Psychiatry’s ‘strategic … Continue reading University of Oxford – Department of Psychiatry

Kings College London

This is the first in a series of posts that seeks to examine academia’s“strategic partnership with industry”. The following slideshow shares some of Kings College London’s ‘strategic partnerships’‘ in relation … Continue reading Kings College London

Pattern language: the professionals

The Realistic Medicine conference held at Dunblane on the 9th October 2018 was entitled: Unfortunately I was unable to be at this conference. One of my concerns relates to the … Continue reading Pattern language: the professionals

Sunshine, light, and the Royal College of Psychiatrists

3rd October 2018, Fiona Godlee, Editor-in-Chief of the BMJ: “We need a Sunshine Act to ensure that payments are properly declared. We also need action from medicines’s leaders – the … Continue reading Sunshine, light, and the Royal College of Psychiatrists

The Royal College of Psychiatrists on sunshine legislation

I asked: ‘Does the Royal College of Psychiatrists support Sunshine Legislation?’ Answer [from the Royal College of Psychiatrists, 22 October 2018]: “This is a matter for the Government to decide.

Sunshine legislation

I have just sent this letter: Sent: 07 October 2018 10:49 Subject: Sunshine legislation Bridge of Allan, 7th October 2018 Dear Royal Colleges, General Medical Council, UK Governments, UK Parliaments/Assemblies, … Continue reading Sunshine legislation