Puritanical or Platinum?

Next week the 2019 International Congress for the Royal College of Psychiatrists will take place in London. Naturally the President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, and her predecessor, have … Continue reading Puritanical or Platinum?

Sylvia Plath said . . .

From the’The Bell Jar’ Image is of Colinton Pharmacy.

Tapering SSRI treatment to mitigate withdrawal symptoms

This Personal View by Mark Abie Horowitz and David Taylor has been published in this month’s Lancet. I have written to the authors to thank them for providing this sensible … Continue reading Tapering SSRI treatment to mitigate withdrawal symptoms

Psychiatry in Fabula

Over 6 years ago there was a head-to-head debate published in the BMJ on antidepressant prescribing. It so happened that this was between two Scottish NHS doctors: Professor Ian C … Continue reading Psychiatry in Fabula

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 . . .’

Wolves in the woodland

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

As an artist perhaps I am merely a way for ‘memory’ to get out into the world

I have a memory that tends to rely on the visual. Last week I was gifted a book of old architectural photographs. One photograph in particular arrested me: The film below, … Continue reading As an artist perhaps I am merely a way for ‘memory’ to get out into the world

I don’t want this isolation

I have experienced the corridors of St John’s Hospital, Livingston, from different vantages. This film is actually an attack on rigid medical determinism. It is an attack on academia and … Continue reading I don’t want this isolation

Discontinuation of two different depot antipsychotics

This week, UK medical professionals were alerted of the permanent discontinuation of the supply of MODECATE (fluphenazine decanoate) injection by the end of 2018: In October 2014, UK medical professionals were informed … Continue reading Discontinuation of two different depot antipsychotics

The lawn was white with doctors

               

To seek balance in the appreciation of where expertise rests: my submission on PE01651

Submission on PE01651: Prescribed drug dependence and withdrawal Made by Dr Peter J Gordon Date of submission: 3rd June 2017. Submission made in a personal capacity. I am writing in … Continue reading To seek balance in the appreciation of where expertise rests: my submission on PE01651