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

Soft Power [and telling stories]

This Feature Article made the cover of the BMJ: One of the contributors described an approach to influencing healthcare policy as follows: Telling stories is a well established approach taken … Continue reading Soft Power [and telling stories]

“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 . . .”

The Rebel Antiquary

I write and make films in my study or sanctum sanctorum. This is the comfy domain of ‘The Antiquary’. This film is inspired by others and by their wonder. It … Continue reading The Rebel Antiquary

“The ultimate power couple”

Back in February of this year I wrote a post on special partnerships. In researching this I came across the above transcript of Jim Al-Khalili’s interview with Professor Sir Simon … Continue reading “The ultimate power couple”

Pattern language: the professionals

The Realistic Medicine conference held at Dunblane on the 9th October 2018 was entitled: Unfortunately I was unable to be at this conference. One of my concerns relates to the … Continue reading Pattern language: the professionals

“It is time we all grew up”

This letter, by Professor Simon Wessely, was published in the British Medical Journal on the 9th August 2003:  

“When do researchers lie?”

This article, by Doctor Simon Wessely, was published in the Irish Independent on Tuesday 1st November 1994.

Developments on the PACE trial

The following News feature was published in the BMJ on the 22nd August 2018: This was also reported in the TIMES, 21 August 2018: In November 2015 Professor Sir Simon … Continue reading Developments on the PACE trial

Me, the heartsink patient

This is line from ‘A Handful of Dust’ by Evelyn Waugh: On reading this sentence my mind returned to recent correspondence that I had with Professor Sir Simon Wessely on … Continue reading Me, the heartsink patient