In a Name

“So fuck that. Fuck Normal” said one of today’s finest Scottish writers. Another Scottish writer worried “He is partially crazy, yes. He is maybe seventy-six percent crazy” Robert Louis Stevenson … Continue reading In a Name

Inspirational: the Chief Medical Officers for Scotland

The Chief Medical Officers for Scotland have been a huge inspiration to me. I was delighted to hear, earlier this year, that Dr Catherine Calderwood had been appointed to this office to replace … Continue reading Inspirational: the Chief Medical Officers for Scotland

The forgetfulness of others

“To grow old, as Simone de Beauvoir said “is to define oneself” and being defined is privative as well as positive” I have always been interested in the history of … Continue reading The forgetfulness of others

Clinical Guidelines: let’s be transparent

Jeanne Lenzer’s feature article, “Why we can’t trust clinical guidelines[1]” has attracted a considerable number of responses, many of which highlight individual clinical guidelines where particular issues of conflicts of … Continue reading Clinical Guidelines: let’s be transparent

Over-diagnosis: ageing and memory changes

Submission to BMJ rapid-responses, 14 September 2013 by Dr Peter J. Gordon I congratulate the authors (1) for presenting what has for far too long been missing in “consensus” discussions … Continue reading Over-diagnosis: ageing and memory changes

Bottle-tops and epigenetics

Jablonka and Lamb argue that there are multiple levels at which selection occurs: genic, epigenetic, behavioural, and, for humans, symbolic. Human behavioural epigenetics is becoming a hot new research field. … Continue reading Bottle-tops and epigenetics