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?

Admitted to a Mental Hospital: Gordon Bennett

Russell T. Davies and Ian McEwan are just two of many writers who like to imagine how the world might have “unfolded” had there been slight changes to past events. … Continue reading Admitted to a Mental Hospital: Gordon Bennett

Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors

This perspective was published in the BMJ in 2004. It was written by: The authors began: The authors concluded: 15 years on and both these academics remain firmly at the … Continue reading Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors

“And the Gordon Bennett Trophy goes to . . .”

It is likely that you will know the phrase “Gordon Bennett” as an expression of incredulity. But who was Gordon Bennett? And why is he remembered in this way? James … Continue reading “And the Gordon Bennett Trophy goes to . . .”

‘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 . . .’

Values

The following film is an expression of my reasons for having resigned from the Royal College of Psychiatrists. I took this decision after a lot of reflection about what is … Continue reading Values

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’

The President of my College

I was recently asked by a friend what I made of some of the responses by the President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists on the potential for antidepressants to … Continue reading The President of my College

“Pill Shaming”

I have worked as an NHS psychiatrist for quarter of a century and when I prescribe medications I try to do so as carefully and appropriately as I can. In … Continue reading “Pill Shaming”

“Objectivity” does not come in a title

On the 17 July 2018 Professor Roy Perlis shared the publication of this paper in which he was lead author: Professor Perlis who is Director, Center for Experimental Drugs and … Continue reading “Objectivity” does not come in a title