Key opinion leaders and Industry: Snakes, ladders and Monopoly

Dr Margaret McCartney in her recent ‘No Holds Barred” perspective set this challenge: “Here’s a game: try and find a doctor’s conflicts of interest. Set a timer, and give yourself … Continue reading Key opinion leaders and Industry: Snakes, ladders and Monopoly

Paradigms, pathologies and shifts

The following extracts are taken from this perspective published in the Scotsman, 11 January 2018: Pfizer has seemingly concluded that Alzheimer’s disease is far more complex than we had ever … Continue reading Paradigms, pathologies and shifts

Might the experts themselves be confused?

I recently read a British Geriatrics Society (BGS) blog which was titled: “Antidementia medication may improve survival in Alzheimer’s disease”. Having read this blog several times I wrote to the … Continue reading Might the experts themselves be confused?

“Truly be all you can, and not what the ‘experts’ tell you to be”

This post is for Richard Taylor who died on the 25th July 2015. I am not aware of any other who has done more to challenge the mythologies and stigmas of “Alzheimers” … Continue reading “Truly be all you can, and not what the ‘experts’ tell you to be”

British Medical Journal, 24 January 2015

This week’s BMJ provides a useful overview of the thorny issue of seeking an earlier diagnosis in dementia. I have always argued that a push for “early” diagnosis, using what … Continue reading British Medical Journal, 24 January 2015

“This House supports the early detection of dementia”

This debate was part of  the Northern and Yorkshire Autumn Conference of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and was held in Durham, on Friday 26th September 2014. The motion was … Continue reading “This House supports the early detection of dementia”

The forgetfulness of others

“To grow old, as Simone de Beauvoir said “is to define oneself” and being defined is privative as well as positive” I have always been interested in the history of … Continue reading The forgetfulness of others

Reply from Scottish Government

Geoff Huggins, Head of Mental Health at The Scottish Government, Directorate for Health and Social Care Integration Mental Health and Protection of Rights Division T: 0131-244 3749 geoff.huggins@scotland.gsi.gov.uk 26 September … Continue reading Reply from Scottish Government

CANTABmobile and its misleading promotion

(submitted to the British Medical Journal on the 7th July 2013 by Dr Peter J. Gordon as a rapid response to the Editorial “Too much medicine; too little care” BMJ … Continue reading CANTABmobile and its misleading promotion

Dr Neil Houston

I have found myself under relentless pressure from a local GP, Dr Neil Houston, to expand the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease to include people who do not meet established clinical criteria for dementia. I … Continue reading Dr Neil Houston

“Truth telling and dementia”

Alistair Burns, National Clinical Director for Dementia, has arranged a meeting for the 5th June 2013 to discuss the diagnosis of dementia as much debated of late in the BMJ. … Continue reading “Truth telling and dementia”