Market instability

Lithium is the first-line treatment for Bipolar Disorder recommended by NICE. In the current BMJ it is reported that the manfacturers, Essential Pharma, intend to withdraw PRIADEL the widely used … Continue reading Market instability

Isolation and sleep

This is one of the full-page adverts in the current edition of the BMJ [3 October 2020]. The Covid-19 pandemic has presented an unprecedented marketing opportunity.

Full page advert in the BMJ

GP edition of the BMJ, 26 September 2020.

The Past in the Present

Sir Arthur Mitchell (1826 – 1909) was a Scottish doctor involved in the study and care of patients with mental illness. He served on several public commissions, and wrote widely … Continue reading The Past in the Present

“PURE DRUGS”

In Logie Churchyard I came across the grave of Dr Henry Dryerre, it was early morning and the sun had just appeared above the horizon. So my eyes were straining … Continue reading “PURE DRUGS”

A timeline of missed opportunities

This film presents a timeline from 2002 to 2019 in relation to England’s National Suicide Prevention Strategy. The film presents missed opportunities, in particular the potential role of prescribed medications … Continue reading A timeline of missed opportunities

A Royal College calls for

In the NEWS section of the BMJ it has been confirmed that the “The Royal College of General Practitioners will call on the General Medical Council to ensure that all … Continue reading A Royal College calls for

Risk to make nonsense

This is my two-fingers up to the ever-increasing pathologisation of life:

Another publication that is missing from an extensive list

In a recent post I wrote about how I could not find this publication on Suicide Risk and the SSRIs in the list of publications given by Professor Sir Simon … Continue reading Another publication that is missing from an extensive list

‘CEP calls for UK Sunshine Act’

Last week the Council for Evidenced-Based Psychiatry (CEP) called for “the implementation of a UK Sunshine Act to make transparent the financial relationships between doctors and pharmaceutical companies & the … Continue reading ‘CEP calls for UK Sunshine Act’

Protected: ‘Unlocking Power’

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‘The Psychology of the Medical Profession’

I recently came across this letter published in the BMJ 81 years ago. As far as I know it has not been read again since the summer of 1938. Dr … Continue reading ‘The Psychology of the Medical Profession’