Published in the British Journal of Psychiatry (2000)

This paper, funded, researched and written by Eli Lilly was published in the British Journal of Psychiatry in 2000. In this paper the word “relapse” is used 64 times. The … Continue reading Published in the British Journal of Psychiatry (2000)

“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”

Medical leadership for mind, brain and body.

This is the trade-marked strap-line for the American Psychiatric Association. Over my 25 year career as an NHS Scotland psychiatrist I have seen many of my colleagues travel to America … Continue reading Medical leadership for mind, brain and body.

Kept in the dark

This is a current Editorial in the BMJ by associate Professor Joseph S Ross of Yale School of Medicine:

The Scottish Government rejects sunshine legislation

The above photograph is of me standing this morning outside the bricked-up, free of light, Forth Defences, at Braefoot. It felt to me an appropriate place to go given this … Continue reading The Scottish Government rejects sunshine legislation

“The pharmaceutical industry has successfully promoted the use of alternatives”

This study was published on the 28 February 2019 in the British Journal of Psychiatry. It is open access: Given my longstanding interest in factors influencing medical education in NHS … Continue reading “The pharmaceutical industry has successfully promoted the use of alternatives”

University of Oxford – Department of Psychiatry

This is the third in a series of posts that seeks to examine British academia’s “strategic partnerships with industry”. The following slideshow shares some of the University of Oxford, Department of Psychiatry’s ‘strategic … Continue reading University of Oxford – Department of Psychiatry

The Royal Society of Medicine: fine dining but no sunshine

I have written to a number of UK bodies who have a leadership role in healthcare to ask whether they support Sunshine legislation or not? I have now received this response from … Continue reading The Royal Society of Medicine: fine dining but no sunshine

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

Response from the CEO of the Royal College of Psychiatrists

On the 9th August 2018 I sent this letter to Paul Rees, CEO of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (this is the link contained in the letter): On the 28th … Continue reading Response from the CEO of the Royal College of Psychiatrists

‘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”

Another disappointing response from the Scottish Government

I recently shared my concerns about this Lundbeck sponsored meeting: I have also documented why I do not share the view of the Chief Executive Officer of Royal College of … Continue reading Another disappointing response from the Scottish Government