Observer’s Observation: an Update

By Marion Brown, 25 September 2017. Since writing my ‘Outsiders Observation’ piece ‘Medically Unexplained Symptoms in General Practice’ for GP View at the end of 2016, there seems to have … Continue reading Observer’s Observation: an Update

‘An outsider’s observation’

GP View is no longer extant. This article, by Marion Brown, was published by GP View in December 2016: Marion Brown is the first of our guest mental health experts … Continue reading ‘An outsider’s observation’

College Core Values: my question to the Presidential candidates

Throughout November, the Royal College of Psychiatrists are offering the “opportunity to quiz the Presidential hopefuls”: Today, the 11th November 2019 I have submitted this question: “If you are elected … Continue reading College Core Values: my question to the Presidential candidates

“toxic masculinity”

In today’s Scotland on Sunday I read Stuart Kelly’s review of a novel called ‘The Topeka School’ by Ben Lerner. The following passages from the review resonated with me.  Long … Continue reading “toxic masculinity”

‘I lost a decade of my life to prescription drugs’

In this article, published in the Telegraph Magazine, Miranda Levy, shares her experience of prescription drugs. Have you had similar experience? If you have, did you find both understanding and … Continue reading ‘I lost a decade of my life to prescription drugs’

“What we like to call the Oscars of psychiatry”

In opening yesterday’s award ceremony for the #RCPsychAwards  the President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists described the celebration as like “the Oscars of Psychiatry”. I can only speak personally … Continue reading “What we like to call the Oscars of psychiatry”

My question to the Presidential hopefuls

Throughout November, the Royal College of Psychiatrists are offering the “opportunity to quiz the Presidential hopefuls”: Today, the 8th November 2019 I have submitted my question: “If you are elected … Continue reading My question to the Presidential hopefuls

the stand-alone brain

The following quote from page 92 of ‘Aping Mankind’ by Raymond Tallis was about ‘stand-alone brain’ research. I was reminded of this in coming across a recent “Brain Camp” where … Continue reading the stand-alone brain

is it all just?

Institutional power Individual power Soft power Behind-closed-doors power Double truth power Corporate power Ultimate power Is it all just power?  

Time to say goodbye

It was interesting to read this month’s guest blog for the Royal College of Psychiatrists by the Chair of RCPsych Scotland, Professor John Crichton. The College has recently celebrated 25 … Continue reading Time to say goodbye

“If an ad is wrong . . .”

I have come across this full page reminder from the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) a number of times in recent Sunday newspapers. As an NHS doctor who has worked as … Continue reading “If an ad is wrong . . .”

My work diaries

I only have a phone for work and it is not “Smart”. I have therefore always relied – in my time as a doctor – on old-fashioned diaries! The above … Continue reading My work diaries