“Strong argument”

The Medical Model in Mental Health: An Explanation and Evaluation has recently been published by Oxford University Press. In the weeks leading up to publication the author stated “it is … Continue reading “Strong argument”

‘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’

Key opinion leaders and Industry: Snakes, ladders and Monopoly

Dr Margaret McCartney in her recent ‘No Holds Barred” perspective set this challenge: “Here’s a game: try and find a doctor’s conflicts of interest. Set a timer, and give yourself … Continue reading Key opinion leaders and Industry: Snakes, ladders and Monopoly

Rising stars: British Association of Psychopharmacology

I submitted a rapid response to the BMJ last September after viewing galleries of photographs of the British Association of Psychopharmacology (BAP) Summer Meeting of 2016. The BMJ did not … Continue reading Rising stars: British Association of Psychopharmacology

Psychiatry Without Borders

The International Congress of the Royal College of Psychiatrists took place in Edinburgh, the city of my birth, between the 26 – 29 June 2017. This International Congress was called … Continue reading Psychiatry Without Borders

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

Making science a reality

It has been a long time since I last wrote on Hole Ousia about my activism for a science that strives for objectivity. It is probably reasonable to suggest that … Continue reading Making science a reality

The Scottish Public Want Sunshine

There is a long standing joke about the lack of sunshine in Scotland. Three years ago I began the process of raising a petition with the Scottish Parliament to urge … Continue reading The Scottish Public Want Sunshine

Lurasidone – financial conflicts of interest

The launch in the UK of Lurisidone began in August 2014. My previous post on Lurasidone (Latuda) which has now been marketed in the UK followed the financial interests of … Continue reading Lurasidone – financial conflicts of interest

Latest Advances in Psychiatry

What follows is recent correspondence with the organisers of “Latest Advances in Psychiatry”. I can publicly share older correspondence if so wished. It is not dissimilar From: Gordon, Peter J Sent: 22 … Continue reading Latest Advances in Psychiatry

“Unprofessional”

My view is that we all have conflicts of interest. Science however cannot ignore financial conflicts of interest. The above was a recent statement by the Scottish Government in response … Continue reading “Unprofessional”

Ethics, a doctor and his hairt-beat

I had several envelopes like this delivered through my letter-box. Immediately recognisable, even before opening, I felt my heart (‘hairt’ in Scottish) beat much faster. I shall try and explain … Continue reading Ethics, a doctor and his hairt-beat