“Doctors gamble on a cure”

In recent posts I have shared some of what I have come across in the British Newspaper Archive in relation to a search on the word “serotonin”. I have found … Continue reading “Doctors gamble on a cure”

Psychiatry in General Practice (the early 1990s)

The following editorial was by Dr James Guy Edwards. It was published the year before I started training in psychiatry: The author was Editor of this Text Book: The first … Continue reading Psychiatry in General Practice (the early 1990s)

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.

“Discontinuation Syndrome”

Yesterday an Editorial by the Sunday Times Health Editor was headlined “Patients’ charity Pain UK took cash from Big Pharma”. It was based on an investigation into what have been … Continue reading “Discontinuation Syndrome”

Tilting at windmills

Professor Rob Howard of University College London is a leading academic involved in developing scientific understanding for UK doctors in relation to dementia and was given a life time achievement award … Continue reading Tilting at windmills

‘The Future of Dementia Care’

The Annual Conference of the Faculty of Old Age Psychiatry will take place next month and has Professor Craig Ritchie presenting on “The Future of Dementia Care” The publicly available … Continue reading ‘The Future of Dementia Care’

“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”

Professor Stephen Lawrie

This is my latest post as part of a series reporting the available information on competing financial interests in ‘key opinion leaders’ in British psychiatry. Professor Stephen Lawrie’s “Disclosure UK” … Continue reading Professor Stephen Lawrie

‘Not all in the Mind’

On the 23rd July 2018, Professor David Nutt gave a free public lecture entitled “Not all in the mind – the contribution of brain science to modern psychiatry.” I was not … Continue reading ‘Not all in the Mind’

“He delivered piercing insights”

The Royal College of Psychiatrists describes “7 highlights” from its “sold-out”, and no doubt lucrative, International Congress 2018 which this year was held in Birmingham. The Royal College of Psychiatrists … Continue reading “He delivered piercing insights”

The British Journal of Psychiatry: are competing interests of authors sufficiently transparent?

The current edition of the British Journal of Psychiatry, May 2018, contains academic papers on depressive disorders. In this post I will share some of the declarations of interest linked … Continue reading The British Journal of Psychiatry: are competing interests of authors sufficiently transparent?

May it be granted the older you are

On the 26th of April 2016 I attended the Cross Party Group on Mental Health and Older People, Age and Ageing, held at the Scottish Parliament. The following is an  … Continue reading May it be granted the older you are