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

“. . . the race is on to get it to market”

The story of ‘alcosynth’ was given yesterday in a number of the National papers. The subtitle in the Guardian stated that “. . . the race is on to get … Continue reading “. . . the race is on to get it to market”

It’s BOOM time in Industry

This is an unedited clip of a contribution made by Professor Michael Sharpe, Professor of Psychological Medicine at the University of Oxford. The Event marked the 50th Anniversary of the … Continue reading It’s BOOM time in Industry

“What’s the beef?”

The authors of this recently published perspective on antidepressants ask: “What’s the beef?” Here is my response: This is an extremely poorly written perspective: the language is clumsy and the … Continue reading “What’s the beef?”

“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 . . .”

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 . . .’

Values

The following film is an expression of my reasons for having resigned from the Royal College of Psychiatrists. I took this decision after a lot of reflection about what is … Continue reading Values

University of Oxford – Department of Psychiatry

This is the third in a series of posts that seeks to examine British academia’s “strategic partnerships with industry”. The following slideshow shares some of the University of Oxford, Department of Psychiatry’s ‘strategic … Continue reading University of Oxford – Department of Psychiatry

Award culture and ‘realistic psychiatry’

The annual Royal College of Psychiatrists Awards are to “mark the highest level of achievement in psychiatry.” Last week Professor Andrea Cipriani won the Academic Researcher of the Year award at … Continue reading Award culture and ‘realistic psychiatry’

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

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