“Doctors gamble on a cure”

In recent posts I have shared some of what I have come across in the British Newspaper Archive in relation to a search on the word “serotonin”. I have found … Continue reading “Doctors gamble on a cure”

“Is this the answer to your problems?”

So asked the headline! From the Irish Independent of the 1st of December 1994. A book by Peter Kramer is mentioned:

BBC2: 7.30pm, Tuesday 18th July 1995

Many, if not all British newspapers have now been digitised for the British Newspaper Archive. Until relatively recently this had covered a period only up to the 1950s. However digitalisation … Continue reading BBC2: 7.30pm, Tuesday 18th July 1995

“It is time to drive the stake into its misbegotten heart”

In a recent perspective published in the Psychiatric Times, Ronald Pies, MD, said Ronald Pies, MD, Editor-in-Chief Emeriti for the Psychiatric Times, continued: This perspective is developed under the following … Continue reading “It is time to drive the stake into its misbegotten heart”

“. . . the race is on to get it to market”

The story of ‘alcosynth’ was given yesterday in a number of the National papers. The subtitle in the Guardian stated that “. . . the race is on to get … Continue reading “. . . the race is on to get it to market”

A D V I C E [as given by Mr Gordon Bennett]

Sell yersel’ Peter – yer ideas are money! Sell yersel’ Peter – even if your ‘talent’ relies on yer vulnerability. Sell yersel! Naiver says Peter – I am no brand … Continue reading A D V I C E [as given by Mr Gordon Bennett]

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

‘No Holds Barred’

This is the last “No Holds Barred” column by Dr Margaret McCartney: Screening is only for people with no symptoms. If you have symptoms it’s not screening. Screening is often … Continue reading ‘No Holds Barred’

‘Priorities for the President’

It is most welcome to find that the current President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, Wendy Burn, has embraced social media. This being one of a number of meaningful … Continue reading ‘Priorities for the President’

Crappy Branded Stuff

It has been many years now since ABPI introduced a new Code that put an end to the ‘gifting’ of relatively low value merchandise to healthcare professionals from industry representatives. … Continue reading Crappy Branded Stuff

‘Realistic Medicine: Valuing People”

Alongside my NHS Lothian colleagues in psychiatry I have received an invitation to the Realistic Medicine Conference for 2018. It is entitled “Valuing People”. I have repeatedly made clear my … Continue reading ‘Realistic Medicine: Valuing People”

As an artist perhaps I am merely a way for ‘memory’ to get out into the world

I have a memory that tends to rely on the visual. Last week I was gifted a book of old architectural photographs. One photograph in particular arrested me: The film below, … Continue reading As an artist perhaps I am merely a way for ‘memory’ to get out into the world