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

“This unique event will bring together world leaders in research on depression”

This event hosted by the Royal Society of Medicine will take place at 1 Wimpole Street, London on the 29th January 2019. It has been approved for 6 CPD points. … Continue reading “This unique event will bring together world leaders in research on depression”

‘appointed member’

Professor Oliver Howes is an appointed member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists Psychopharmacology Committee. Professor Howes is one of those involved in providing Continuing Medical Education (CME) at this … Continue reading ‘appointed member’

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

Room under the umbrella

Minervation Ltd (Mental Elf) has recently shared an analysis and critique of the following paper stating that it was “deeply flawed and unreliable”: The analysis of this paper by Dr … Continue reading Room under the umbrella

The “Defeat Depression Campaign”

I was started on an SSRI antidepressant in the period not long after the “Defeat Depression Campaign,” in my case for “Social Anxiety Disorder”. My generation of psychiatrists were “educated” to … Continue reading The “Defeat Depression Campaign”

‘Evidence Based Medicine’ or ‘Industry Biased Medicine’?

In a recent post I outlined [the generally hidden] commercial influences of ‘key opinion leaders’ in British Psychiatry. My research into what is publicly available on competing financial interests in … Continue reading ‘Evidence Based Medicine’ or ‘Industry Biased Medicine’?

‘Listen, let the people petition and be heard’

In September of this year it will be 5 years since I petitioned the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to introduce a Sunshine Act for Scotland. The evidence … Continue reading ‘Listen, let the people petition and be heard’

“Villains and Demonisers”

Almost a decade ago, one of the advisors to the Scottish Government on prescribing of antidepressants stated that it was the general public and their “distaste” for antidepressants that were … Continue reading “Villains and Demonisers”

Unrealistic Medicine

This BMJ Editorial of the 30th June 2017 has had a number of responses: The Editorial was a consideration of Academy of Medical Sciences report ‘Enhancing the use of scientific evidence … Continue reading Unrealistic Medicine

Are the public being listened to?

This is a current Editorial in the BMJ: Below are a few extracts from this editorial: In a similar vein to Carl Heneghan, I have outlined that there is a problem … Continue reading Are the public being listened to?

“The Law of the Few”

Malcolm Gladwell in his book ‘The Tipping Point’ describes what he terms “The Law of the Few”: namely that the influence of a few people can result in change in … Continue reading “The Law of the Few”