Soft Power [and telling stories]

This Feature Article made the cover of the BMJ: One of the contributors described an approach to influencing healthcare policy as follows: Telling stories is a well established approach taken … Continue reading Soft Power [and telling stories]

GAS LIGHT

This film is for Truthman30 Credits: (1) Footage of Grangemouth from the brilliant film ‘SHUTDOWN’  (2) ‘Vote for Me’ – by the Specials (I do not have copyright) (3) Quotes … Continue reading GAS LIGHT

‘The power of language use in psychiatry’

All material used in this pictogram comes from published sources in the public domain: The power of language: Use in psychiatry; Rif S. El-Mallakh, and Sabine Doenninghaus; Published online: 02 … Continue reading ‘The power of language use in psychiatry’

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

A pattern language

Once upon a time Alexander McCall Smith gave me a book. It was called “A Pattern Language”. For the romantic this post is about stories. For the realist this post … Continue reading A pattern language

Paid opinion leaders and GSK

The quote above is from Corridors of power, Chapter 5, by C P. Snow: The following U-turn by GSK was reported in the BMJ: This led the BMJ Editor in Chief … Continue reading Paid opinion leaders and GSK

The Psychopharmacology Committee

Professor David Baldwin took chairmanship of the Royal College of Psychiatrists Psychopharmacology Committee when Professor Allan Young had completed his tenure as chair. Based on available evidence, and this is … Continue reading The Psychopharmacology Committee

I don’t want this isolation

I have experienced the corridors of St John’s Hospital, Livingston, from different vantages. This film is actually an attack on rigid medical determinism. It is an attack on academia and … Continue reading I don’t want this isolation

‘to occasionally let out a burst of calculated candour’

In “Corridors of Power” C.P. Snow reveals how effective it is for civil servants to: Since the 1st of April 2018, Organisational Duty of Candour has become a statutory requirement for … Continue reading ‘to occasionally let out a burst of calculated candour’

Under the vast Andalusian skies

We recently had a wonderful family holiday in the south eastern corner of Spain. Andrew was able to join us from University and both he and Rachel had exams to … Continue reading Under the vast Andalusian skies

At the end of the corridor