Puritanical or Platinum?

Next week the 2019 International Congress for the Royal College of Psychiatrists will take place in London. Naturally the President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, and her predecessor, have … Continue reading Puritanical or Platinum?

Admitted to a Mental Hospital: Gordon Bennett

Russell T. Davies and Ian McEwan are just two of many writers who like to imagine how the world might have “unfolded” had there been slight changes to past events. … Continue reading Admitted to a Mental Hospital: Gordon Bennett

A letter in the BMJ

References: Davies J, Moncrieff J, Kinderman P, et al; Council for Evidence-Based Psychiatry. Stigma and efficacy of taking antidepressants. Letter to the editor. Times 2018 Feb 23. Burns W. Pills for … Continue reading A letter in the BMJ

Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors

This perspective was published in the BMJ in 2004. It was written by: The authors began: The authors concluded: 15 years on and both these academics remain firmly at the … Continue reading Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors

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

Professor Pariante “explains the position of the Royal College of Psychiatrists”

Professor Carmine Pariante contributed to a recent Radio 4 consideration on antidepressants. Today I have sent this communication to Professor Pariante: Sent: 9 March 2019 Subject: “Explaining the position of … Continue reading Professor Pariante “explains the position of the Royal College of Psychiatrists”

“Put to Bed”

On the 21st February 2018 Professor Carmine Pariante was quoted across the world: “this meta-analysis finally puts to bed the controversy on antidepressants . . . “ The Science Media … Continue reading “Put to Bed”

Pure speculation

Given the high level of redaction of material from the Royal College of Psychiatrists in response to my Subject Access request, I can only speculate about who else may have … Continue reading Pure speculation

“And the Gordon Bennett Trophy goes to . . .”

It is likely that you will know the phrase “Gordon Bennett” as an expression of incredulity. But who was Gordon Bennett? And why is he remembered in this way? James … Continue reading “And the Gordon Bennett Trophy goes to . . .”

“A wrong un’ when you see it”

The January 2019 edition of the British Journal of Psychiatry has, as its theme: Treatment-Resistant Mood Disorders. In the Journal a “consensus definition” of “treatment resistance” was provided by a … Continue reading “A wrong un’ when you see it”

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

‘Even in today’s enlightened age . . .’

The above is a quote from Roy Porter a historian specialising in the history of medicine. It is an old quote as sadly Roy Porter died at a young age … Continue reading ‘Even in today’s enlightened age . . .’