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

‘The gentle art of winning friends and influencing people’

By Professor Sir Simon Wessely [this blog was written by Professor Sir Simon Wessely when he was President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. It has since been cited as … Continue reading ‘The gentle art of winning friends and influencing people’

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

“The King of DLB research”

Professor Rob Howard has recently shared on social media a picture of the personalised number plate of Professor Ian McKeith along with these words: “Just given a talk in Newcastle … Continue reading “The King of DLB research”

Risk to make nonsense

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

twenty-five years

I shared my decision to take early retirement with the President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. Yesterday, I received a one-line reply “I am sorry to hear this but … Continue reading twenty-five years

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

A publication that is missing from an extensive list

The above publication does not seem to appear in the list Professor Sir Simon Wessely provides of his publications [I would suggest that it should appear somewhere after publication 101]: … Continue reading A 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’

‘Unlocking Power’

There was an interesting article about approaches taken to leadership roles in yesterday’s Guardian newspaper. The article was entitled “Unlocking Power”. On reading the article my mind returned to a … Continue reading ‘Unlocking Power’