“Wake-up call for British Psychiatry”

This “Special Article” was published in the British Journal of Psychiatry in July 2008. No other article in the history of the journal has had more responses. A few years … Continue reading “Wake-up call for British Psychiatry”

Progress on transparency: Royal College of Psychiatrists

It is most welcome to be able to report that the Royal College of Psychiatrists have been considering my recent feedback, as a College member, on its governance of “relationships … Continue reading Progress on transparency: Royal College of Psychiatrists

“A mark of exceptional impact”

On the 26th March 2015, following a previous post by Hole Ousia, the Royal College of Psychiatrists stated that it “‏is committed to our Conflicts of Interest policy.”  This policy … Continue reading “A mark of exceptional impact”

Royal College of Psychiatrists and transparency: “Criticisms of yesteryear”?

For several years now I have written to the Royal College of Psychiatrists regarding an apparent lack of meaningful transparency regarding financial conflicts of interests in our profession. A recent … Continue reading Royal College of Psychiatrists and transparency: “Criticisms of yesteryear”?

Royal College of Psychiatrists: relationships with pharmaceutical and other commercial organisations

In response to my letter to the Royal College of Psychiatrists regarding relationships with pharmaceutical and other commercial organisations I received this e-mail from Professor Nick Craddock, Treasurer of the … Continue reading Royal College of Psychiatrists: relationships with pharmaceutical and other commercial organisations

Royal College of Psychiatrists and conflicts of interest

The Chief Executive of the General Medical Council (GMC) recently confirmed, in response to a recent BMJ article, that it “takes very seriously the issue of conflicts of interest”:   We … Continue reading Royal College of Psychiatrists and conflicts of interest

Craddock and Mynor-Wallis’s assault on thinking

I have followed this debate (fierce argument) with interest. It has taken place in the British Journal of Psychiatry. It turned my thoughts back to Professor Craddock’s, July 2008, “Wake-up … Continue reading Craddock and Mynor-Wallis’s assault on thinking

The holus-bolus of Dobzhansky and Craddock

Meanwhile the synthesis of genetics and evolutionary theory was proving increasingly powerful, summed up by the population geneticist Theodosius Dobzhansky in 1950 as ‘nothing in biology makes sense except in … Continue reading The holus-bolus of Dobzhansky and Craddock

Little more than a name

Chapter Five of Repeats its love: “Little more than a name” The Aesculapians never intended to run the Mavisbank Institution themselves, and with Hippocratic beneficence, left matters of mind to … Continue reading Little more than a name

Hold hands among the atoms

A reply by Peter J. Gordon to the Editorial: Erving Goffman’s Asylums 50 years on.  The British Journal of Psychiatry (2011) 198.http://bjp.rcpsych.org/content/198/1/1.long It so happened that as I opened up … Continue reading Hold hands among the atoms