Ketamine: “lost in translation?”

Last month I shared a BMJ Editorial on Ketamine by Dr Sameer Jauhar and Dr Paul Morrison. Since then there have been a number of published BMJ responses and replies. … Continue reading Ketamine: “lost in translation?”

Wolves at the door

Wolves in the woodland

Quotes used in this image are from from ‘History of Wolves’ by Emily Fridlund:

Stigma and psychiatry: Window Tax

Peter J. Gordon, (2012),”Window tax“, Mental Health and Social Inclusion, Vol. 16 Iss: 4 pp. 181 – 187 Purpose of paper: The purpose of this paper is to discuss concerns that, … Continue reading Stigma and psychiatry: Window Tax

Sylvia

This film is based on a person that I never knew, as our time-spans did not overlap. I have read ‘The Bell Jar’ by Sylvia Plath and much of Ted … Continue reading Sylvia

Open letter to Dame Denise Coia

I have sent this open letter to the Chair of Healthcare Improvement Scotland and copied it to the Chief Medical Officer for Scotland: 2nd July 2018. Dear Dame Coia, Healthcare … Continue reading Open letter to Dame Denise Coia

Speak, Memory

This film is about iatrogenic harm (illness caused by medical treatment). Vladimir Nabokov is a writer that I greatly admire. I have just finished reading “Speak, Memory” his ‘autobiography’. Nabokov … Continue reading Speak, Memory

Psychopharmacology Committee (Strategy Meeting)

The June 2017 Agenda of the Royal College of Psychiatrists Psychopharmacology Committee confirms that a discussion on ‘involuntary addiction to prescription medications’ was scheduled. My view is that such discussions … Continue reading Psychopharmacology Committee (Strategy Meeting)

Marketing of “education” to psychiatrists in training

I was recently circulated this at work and asked to share it with trainee psychiatrists. BAP is the acronym for the British Association for Psychopharmacology I would not share this … Continue reading Marketing of “education” to psychiatrists in training

Delirium screening (some years later)

Over three years ago I wrote this summary of my concerns about mandatory delirium screening. The consequences for me in writing this were life changing: the reality of having the courage to … Continue reading Delirium screening (some years later)

Improvement science: engineering 42 – ethics 0

In my last post I considered a “thought paper” entitled “The habits of an improver” and welcomed that critical thinking was considered a necessary habit. The word “engineer” or “engineering” … Continue reading Improvement science: engineering 42 – ethics 0