Savages

Filmed at Thornton Fever Hospital (later a Children’s Home/School). We need to look aifter oor bairns. It is my view that the ever increasing medicalisation of life will not break … Continue reading Savages

‘I had to stay in hospital for almost nine weeks’

This is how ‘Lucy Barton’ introduced her fictional story My only experience of hospitalisation began here:

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

who died . . .

The pharmacist Gilbert Farie relies upon Dr John Flaxman. Each year, Dr Flaxman chooses a day to celebrate as his “deathday”.  

GAS LIGHT

This film is for Truthman30 Credits: (1) Footage of Grangemouth from the brilliant film ‘SHUTDOWN’  (2) ‘Vote for Me’ – by the Specials (I do not have copyright) (3) Quotes … Continue reading GAS LIGHT

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 . . .’

The hunchback

Gilbert Farie, (pronounced fairy) you will not have heard of, for he is a forgotten village Pharmacist who practiced back in Victorian days. Gilbert Farie was the dwarf pharmacist, hunched, … Continue reading The hunchback

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’

[I M] B A L A N C E

My contribution along with Alastair Campbell to a BBC Radio Scotland call-in show on World Mental Health Day 2018. The conversation considers stigma, antidepressant prescribing in Scotland, realistic medicine and … Continue reading [I M] B A L A N C E

Gilbert Farie

Gilbert Farie by Ken Gray If today you were to pick up a telephone directory for Glasgow City or the West of Scotland and looked up the surname FARIE you … Continue reading Gilbert Farie

Gilbert Farie Re-visited

Reply to the Editorial: Has psychopharmacology got a future? The British Journal of Psychiatry (2011) 198: 333-335. Film version of ‘Gilbert Farie Re-visited’: https://vimeo.com/43620205 Yes, psychopharmacology has a future.[1]  I … Continue reading Gilbert Farie Re-visited