“toxic masculinity”

In today’s Scotland on Sunday I read Stuart Kelly’s review of a novel called ‘The Topeka School’ by Ben Lerner. The following passages from the review resonated with me.  Long … Continue reading “toxic masculinity”

Today’s Sunday newspapers

There has been a lot of discussion this week about appropriate choice of language. My blog has often argued the importance of how we use language. Our choice of words … Continue reading Today’s Sunday newspapers

An explanation

Shortly after this new text book was published I purchased it and read it over a long weekend in May. I took notes and added marginalia as I read [here … Continue reading An explanation

‘The Twittering Machine’

The Guardian’s ‘Book of the Week’:

“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