Pianos and Flowers

On the day that I retired from the NHS, after more than 25 years as a doctor, our postwoman delivered a present. It was from Alexander McCall Smith and included … Continue reading Pianos and Flowers

on a cross-bar

I have been reading ‘Piano & Flowers‘ by Alexander McCall Smith in my garden. This is an imaginative ‘sort-of’ review of this wonderful collection of romantic short stories: My love … Continue reading on a cross-bar

A published and an unpublished review of ‘Bad Pharma’

Professor Ian Reid, who died tragically early at the age of 53 on 15 June 2014, played a leading role in British, especially Scottish academic psychiatry for over two decades. … Continue reading A published and an unpublished review of ‘Bad Pharma’

“Psychiatry is among least influenced by industry . . .”

The author of “The Medical Model in Mental Health” has stated [a number of times] that his book “provides evidence that psychiatry is among least influenced by industry of medical … Continue reading “Psychiatry is among least influenced by industry . . .”

“It is a wonderful mixture of medicine, history and philosophy”

On the 15th August 2019 the President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists shared her view of a newly published textbook: “It is a wonderful mixture of medicine, history and … Continue reading “It is a wonderful mixture of medicine, history and philosophy”

The Medical Model in Mental Health [a REVIEW]

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 The Medical Model in Mental Health [a REVIEW]

How many more inquiries?

This short film is based on a Radio Scotland interview with Professor Alison Britton who chaired the Investigative Review into the Scottish Independent Review of transvaginal mesh implants. In a … Continue reading How many more inquiries?

‘The mesh of relationships between doctors and industry’

The above film follows from the recent publication of this review: An Investigative Review into the process of establishing, managing and supporting Independent Reviews in Scotland The BMJ have covered … Continue reading ‘The mesh of relationships between doctors and industry’

Finding balance

This unedited clip (apart from titles) is from the evidence session on NHS Targets given to the Health and Sport Committee of the Scottish Parliament on 9 January 2018. I share … Continue reading Finding balance