Medical leadership for mind, brain and body.

This is the trade-marked strap-line for the American Psychiatric Association. Over my 25 year career as an NHS Scotland psychiatrist I have seen many of my colleagues travel to America … Continue reading Medical leadership for mind, brain and body.

“It is time to drive the stake into its misbegotten heart”

In a recent perspective published in the Psychiatric Times, Ronald Pies, MD, said Ronald Pies, MD, Editor-in-Chief Emeriti for the Psychiatric Times, continued: This perspective is developed under the following … Continue reading “It is time to drive the stake into its misbegotten heart”

Award culture in British Psychiatry

For my previous post I visited the Royal College of Psychiatrists website. I was seeking to establish if the archive on the Defeat Depression Campaign remained unavailable [actually I found … Continue reading Award culture in British Psychiatry

After the Defeat Depression Campaign

The Defeat Depression Campaign of the 1990s , entirely funded by the pharmaceutical industry, was an “educational campaign” organised by the Royal College of Psychiatrists in association with the Royal … Continue reading After the Defeat Depression Campaign

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

The Morality of Leadership

An edited short film based on some of the contributions to Radio 4’s Moral Maze ‘The Morality of Leadership’(aired on 23 March 2019): Music Credit: ‘Collapsing Time’ by Dexter Britain … Continue reading The Morality of Leadership

“The Psychedelic Renaissance”

I find that I worry about this particular “renaissance”: It is fair to say that Dr Mark Bolstridge has been a “robust” contributor to social media. He has co-authored with … Continue reading “The Psychedelic Renaissance”

‘I had to stay in hospital for almost nine weeks’

This is how ‘Lucy Barton’ introduced her fictional story My only experience of hospitalisation began here:

It’s BOOM time in Industry

This is an unedited clip of a contribution made by Professor Michael Sharpe, Professor of Psychological Medicine at the University of Oxford. The Event marked the 50th Anniversary of the … Continue reading It’s BOOM time in Industry

What keeps corporate power hidden from doctors?

This letter by Dr David B Menkes has just been published in the BMJ. Unfortunately it is not included in the paper journal that arrived through my letterbox yesterday. Yes, … Continue reading What keeps corporate power hidden from doctors?

“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?”

From the individual to the Institution

This is a film that considers morality and seeks to include the landscapes of all. The interviewee at the end of this film, talking about morality of public duty, is … Continue reading From the individual to the Institution