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?

GAS LIGHT

This film is for Truthman30 Credits: (1) Footage of Grangemouth from the brilliant film ‘SHUTDOWN’  (2) ‘Vote for Me’ – by the Specials (I do not have copyright) (3) Quotes … Continue reading GAS LIGHT

The Narrative Controllers

Science is important to us all. This post is an attempt to explore some of the broad issues that we need to consider to ensure scientific integrity. Science is more … Continue reading The Narrative Controllers

‘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 . . .’

ASTROV

This film is an ‘attack’ on biomedical determinism. This film voices others. Roy Porter Sylvia Plath Matt Haig Ian Hamilton Finlay Anthony Doerr Anton Chekhov Tomasi di Lampedusa Albert Camus … Continue reading ASTROV

My formal instruction of resignation as a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists

Saturday, 24th November 2018 To: The Registrar of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, 21 Prescot St, Whitechapel, London, E1 8BB Dear Dr Adrian James, Resignation as a member of the … Continue reading My formal instruction of resignation as a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists

But all the biosciences yield to biofiction

In my reading I collect ideas as “marginalia“. What follows are the words of others, including: Richard Holloway, Anne Tyler, Will Self, Tomas Tranströmer, Thomas Mann, Albert Camus, Julian Barnes, … Continue reading But all the biosciences yield to biofiction

admissions of doubt

The words of: A S Byatt, Anne Tyler, Anthony Doerr, Candia McWilliam, Evelyn Waugh, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Gabriel García Márquez, Janice Galloway, John Macmurray, Julian Barnes, Margaret Drabble, Penelope Fitzgerald, Raymond … Continue reading admissions of doubt

Unrealistic Medicine

This BMJ Editorial of the 30th June 2017 has had a number of responses: The Editorial was a consideration of Academy of Medical Sciences report ‘Enhancing the use of scientific evidence … Continue reading Unrealistic Medicine

The architecture of the mind

Repeats its love, Mavisbank Chapter Eight: The architecture of the mind[1]   After the Batty Tukes, there was a succession of Superintendents for Mavisbank (although it was still called New … Continue reading The architecture of the mind