“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 . . .”

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

Room under the umbrella

Minervation Ltd (Mental Elf) has recently shared an analysis and critique of the following paper stating that it was “deeply flawed and unreliable”: The analysis of this paper by Dr … Continue reading Room under the umbrella

Professor Stephen Lawrie

This is my latest post as part of a series reporting the available information on competing financial interests in ‘key opinion leaders’ in British psychiatry. Professor Stephen Lawrie’s “Disclosure UK” … Continue reading Professor Stephen Lawrie

The [generally hidden] place of big business . . .

I am a celebrant of subjectivity and a seeker of objectivity. I share here [the generally hidden] commercial influences of ‘key opinion leaders’ in British Psychiatry:

Delve into brilliant minds

My NHS e-mail regularly receives invites to the Royal College of Psychiatrists International Congress. It is a congress that I have never attended as I remain concerned that we still … Continue reading Delve into brilliant minds

Putting caring conversations into practice

Below is my published response to this open question by Dr Derek Summerfield’s: NHS antidepressant prescribing: what do we get for £266m a year? I will not be alone in … Continue reading Putting caring conversations into practice

Let us be kind to one another even when views may differ

A few days ago I shared this post with the President of the College I have been a member of for over 20 years. Today I received this e-mail, marked … Continue reading Let us be kind to one another even when views may differ

I N S I G H T

Psychiatrists across the world, when assessing mental states, have to consider “insight”. Psychiatrists, like myself, are also taught the “subjective-objective divide”. This “divide” has always troubled me, as it would … Continue reading I N S I G H T

Psychiatry, dependent on its authority, is finding withdrawal seriously difficult

In the week that has followed the publication and media reports of this Lancet paper, I have noticed how Psychiatry (my profession) has seemed to be struggling with any threat … Continue reading Psychiatry, dependent on its authority, is finding withdrawal seriously difficult