First do no harm

This is the opening of an Editorial published in the British Journal of General Practice, October 2020. The Cumberlege Review can be read in full here.

Mr. SELL

This one minute film relates to our commercialised world. It is based on several old newspaper adverts. Music credit: ‘Impossible’ by C. Duncan This film is for Marion Brown and … Continue reading Mr. SELL

messages

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

Doctors’ conflicts of interest

In my spare time, I gave over a decade to this cause. I submitted evidence to the Cumberlege Review. The following Editorial was published in the BMJ on the 21 … Continue reading Doctors’ conflicts of interest

‘More than three times the circumference of the globe’

I came across this death notice by chance whilst researching what is recorded of the life of ‘Dr William Brodum’. I reckon that Charlotte Skinner never once required any of … Continue reading ‘More than three times the circumference of the globe’

‘A fresh supply of PATENT MEDICINES’

This is an extraordinary story. It is historical. It is true. It could never happen today? [open question] Click on ‘Dr Brodum’s’ portait to read this extraorinary story

‘A Guide to Old Age or A Cure for the Indiscretions of Youth’

Mimi Matthews in this blog describes how patent medicines were everywhere in he 18th and 19th century: “These various powders, potions, elixirs, and cordials were primarily peddled by quacks, some … Continue reading ‘A Guide to Old Age or A Cure for the Indiscretions of Youth’

Glad it’s all over

July 2020. CR229: a ‘Position Statement’ by the Royal College of Psychiatrists has been published: The Final report of the Patient Safety Group on Self-Harm and Suicide in Adults.  CR229: makes … Continue reading Glad it’s all over

‘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

suicide cairns

You may not be aware of this, but across Scotland there are surviving cairns which mark where somebody who had taken their life was once buried. Generally the names have … Continue reading suicide cairns

Centaurea

Knapweed is the common name for the genus centaurea. There are thought to be more than 500 species of this robust, thistle-like plant. Many gardeners consider Knapweeds to be weeds … Continue reading Centaurea