“Good debate is respectful and constructive”

In December of 2018 The Royal College of Psychiatrists and the British Psychological Society came together to confirm a common set of ideals and principles. These were published in the … Continue reading “Good debate is respectful and constructive”

An explanation

Shortly after this new text book was published I purchased it and read it over a long weekend in May. I took notes and added marginalia as I read [here … Continue reading An explanation

‘The Twittering Machine’

The Guardian’s ‘Book of the Week’:

Puritanical or Platinum?

Next week the 2019 International Congress for the Royal College of Psychiatrists will take place in London. Naturally the President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, and her predecessor, have … Continue reading Puritanical or Platinum?

“Strong argument”

The Medical Model in Mental Health: An Explanation and Evaluation has recently been published by Oxford University Press. In the weeks leading up to publication the author stated “it is … Continue reading “Strong argument”

“a twitter spat”

Included in a heavily redacted response from the Royal College of Psychiatrists to a FOI request was the above internal communication. The identification of the sender has been redacted but … Continue reading “a twitter spat”

To go boldly (or to boldly go)

To go boldly: one example of is the categorisation of mental disorders. As a discipline it split the infinitive.  It has recently been suggested that psychiatric diagnoses should be “written in pencil”.  … Continue reading To go boldly (or to boldly go)

‘Even in today’s enlightened age . . .’

The above is a quote from Roy Porter a historian specialising in the history of medicine. It is an old quote as sadly Roy Porter died at a young age … Continue reading ‘Even in today’s enlightened age . . .’

‘a good first step to greater understanding’

This was part of the Queen’s speech on the 25th December 2018. Here are some recent posts by me which consider the need for respectful relations. This is a matter … Continue reading ‘a good first step to greater understanding’

The Moss of Unthank

The Moss of Unthank is still to be found in Moray, Scotland. The land used to belong to a most distant forebear of my family. A man of privilege. A … Continue reading The Moss of Unthank

More respectful debate

I have today posted this letter to the Royal College of Psychiatrists:

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