Position Statement: “FACTS”

The Royal College of Psychiatrists Position Statement on antidepressants and depression was published on the 30th May 2019. The very same day, the President, Registrar and CEO of the Royal … Continue reading Position Statement: “FACTS”

Pills or public health?

This is the title of the Editorial in the current BMJ by it’s Editor in Chief. Fiona Godlee states: I have previously written about the approach to “transparency” taken by … Continue reading Pills or public health?

After the Defeat Depression Campaign

The Defeat Depression Campaign of the 1990s , entirely funded by the pharmaceutical industry, was an “educational campaign” organised by the Royal College of Psychiatrists in association with the Royal … Continue reading After the Defeat Depression Campaign

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 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

To do the best we can

This is a short film I made almost a decade ago that I have not shared again until today. I would suggest that the following institutions and honourable professionals might … Continue reading To do the best we can

‘The Inflamed Mind’

This is the title of a recently published book by Professor Ed Bullmore of the University of Cambridge. This book gained generally uncritical reviews, such as this : Almost a … Continue reading ‘The Inflamed Mind’

“This unique event will bring together world leaders in research on depression”

This event hosted by the Royal Society of Medicine will take place at 1 Wimpole Street, London on the 29th January 2019. It has been approved for 6 CPD points. … Continue reading “This unique event will bring together world leaders in research on depression”

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

Sunshine, light, and the Royal College of Psychiatrists

3rd October 2018, Fiona Godlee, Editor-in-Chief of the BMJ: “We need a Sunshine Act to ensure that payments are properly declared. We also need action from medicines’s leaders – the … Continue reading Sunshine, light, and the Royal College of Psychiatrists

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 story is hair raising’

The BMJ of the 12th October 2018 had on its cover: “MESH: how it became a four letter word”. The journal is worth reading for a series of articles that … Continue reading ‘The story is hair raising’