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I resigned from NHS Forth Valley  6 years ago. This was a most difficult decision for me to take. I had worked as a Consultant in older adults in Clackmannanshire … Continue reading messages

Peter’s Declaration

I have been updating my OMPHALOS films and have added this film from June 2019. At this Whistleblowing Event for NHS Scotland [though I prefer the term ‘Freedom to Speak … Continue reading Peter’s Declaration

‘HEAR OUR VOICE’

In today’s Sunday Post the following open letter was shared: There was a wide range of signatories to this letter including Baroness Cumberlege who chaired the recent First Do No … Continue reading ‘HEAR OUR VOICE’

Peter’s Lost Marbles

This film, made in 2011, which voiced my disquiet about the enthusiasm for the early diagnosis of dementia, generated such a defensive response that I felt I had to remove … Continue reading Peter’s Lost Marbles

It still takes courage to care

The Herald, 21 June 2020: I was an NHS doctor for over 25 years, and whilst I was never [technically speaking] a whistleblower, I always did my best to speak … Continue reading It still takes courage to care

I am incredibly shy

I keep seeking a language [that might begin to explain] a feeling that lives on in me.

‘Herd instinct’

An extract from: Peter J. Gordon, (2012),”Window tax“, Mental Health and Social Inclusion, Vol. 16 Iss: 4 pp. 181 – 187

On the other side of the fence

We have an old stone wall that sweeps around our garden. In the twenty years that we have lived in Mossgrove, this wall has had a wooden fence above it. … Continue reading On the other side of the fence

do more than spell the word

I have been reading ‘Understanding a Photograph’ by John Berger. When I read this sentence I found myself considering the approach currently taken, at least in much of the Western … Continue reading do more than spell the word

SSRI ‘discontinuation syndrome’ or withdrawal

This Analysis by Massabki and Abi-Jaoude has been published in the British Journal of Psychiatry. It has been made open-access.

The ‘serotonin hypothesis’

In his acclaimed book How the World thinks, the philosopher Julian Baggini offers these considerations on the ‘Serotonin hypothesis’: