September 2016: a request for the immediate retraction of Study 352

The full list of signatories to this letter of September 2016: Jay D. Amsterdam, MD Leemon B. McHenry, PhD Jon N. Jureidini, MB, PhD Bernard J. Carroll, MBBS, PhD, FRCPsych … Continue reading September 2016: a request for the immediate retraction of Study 352

twenty-five years

I shared my decision to take early retirement with the President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. Yesterday, I received a one-line reply “I am sorry to hear this but … Continue reading twenty-five years

Orwell’s proposed Preface to Animal Farm

an edit by Peter:

‘Animal Farm’

A few selected passages:

The Psychopharmacology Committee of the Royal College of Psychiatrists

Almost a year has passed since I last considered the Psychopharmacology Committee of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. This committee has ten members including the Chair. Here is a summary … Continue reading The Psychopharmacology Committee of the Royal College of Psychiatrists

Compelling Evidence

The Expert told Parliament that there is “compelling evidence” for long-term treatment with antidepressants. This the Expert said is “maintenance treatment”.[1] The Expert told Parliament: “Depression is under-treated across the … Continue reading Compelling Evidence

“A wrong un’ when you see it”

The January 2019 edition of the British Journal of Psychiatry has, as its theme: Treatment-Resistant Mood Disorders. In the Journal a “consensus definition” of “treatment resistance” was provided by a … Continue reading “A wrong un’ when you see it”

My formal instruction of resignation as a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists

Saturday, 24th November 2018 To: The Registrar of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, 21 Prescot St, Whitechapel, London, E1 8BB Dear Dr Adrian James, Resignation as a member of the … Continue reading My formal instruction of resignation as a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists

Med älven

The title of this post comes from a P.S. note in a letter from the Swedish poet Tomas Tranströmer to his American friend Robert Bly. It returned my mind to … Continue reading Med älven

‘A warning to the NHS: don’t let big pharma loose on policy’

What follows are a few extracts from this article in today’s Observer by Chris McGreal:

The Royal College of Psychiatrists on sunshine legislation

I asked: ‘Does the Royal College of Psychiatrists support Sunshine Legislation?’ Answer [from the Royal College of Psychiatrists, 22 October 2018]: “This is a matter for the Government to decide.

Royal Society of Medicine: Sunshine legislation

I have written to a number of UK bodies who have a leadership role in healthcare to ask whether they support Sunshine legislation or not? The Royal Society  of Medicine was established … Continue reading Royal Society of Medicine: Sunshine legislation