“Strong argument”

The Medical Model in Mental Health: An Explanation and Evaluation has recently been published by Oxford University Press. In the weeks leading up to publication the author stated “it is … Continue reading “Strong argument”

View From The Bench

Last night we attended the book launch of a collection of poems by the Makar of Stirling.   Clive Wright is a close friend of our family and very kindly … Continue reading View From The Bench

words and numbers

Numbers matter! But numbers alone cannot begin to reveal the actual experience of life [or any life lived] The same is true of any language.      

Behind the graph lie a million stories

This film is for Raymond Tallis, Eric Matthews and Patrick Geddes. This is a short film that considers the so-called “two culture” divide between the Arts and the Sciences. The … Continue reading Behind the graph lie a million stories

Behind the graph

For my birthday, my son Andrew gave me the book ‘Scientific Babel’ by Michael D. Gordin. Here are a few extracts:    

Frailty and “common misunderstandings”

I recently submitted a response to a Healthcare Improvement Scotland blog titled “the right words are crucial to empower patients and the public”. Dr Graham Ellis, National Clinical Lead for … Continue reading Frailty and “common misunderstandings”

“Sink”

In a previous post I have written about the decision by NICE to re-consult on depression guidelines. This late stage development followed on from a briefing from a group of experts … Continue reading “Sink”

Delve into brilliant minds

My NHS e-mail regularly receives invites to the Royal College of Psychiatrists International Congress. It is a congress that I have never attended as I remain concerned that we still … Continue reading Delve into brilliant minds

“The solution”

A further evidence session on Sir Harry Burn’s Review of Targets and Indicators took place in the Scottish Parliament on the 9th January 2018. The Convener of the Health and Sport … Continue reading “The solution”

Sapir-Whorf

This film considers language and perception. The film is based in Aberdeen where Peter fell in love with Sian. It was filmed in November 2017 when Peter was attending a … Continue reading Sapir-Whorf

A Devil’s Dictionary

This is the title of an Editorial in the October 2017 BJPsych Bulletin. It is a personal view by Dr Philip Timms  a retired Consultant Psychiatrist. Dr Timms gave two … Continue reading A Devil’s Dictionary

“Just a word”

In an official Medical Society Blog the following words were recently used in response to thoughts that I had submitted on a medical subject.  These singular words were put in inverted … Continue reading “Just a word”