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?
References: Davies J, Moncrieff J, Kinderman P, et al; Council for Evidence-Based Psychiatry. Stigma and efficacy of taking antidepressants. Letter to the editor. Times 2018 Feb 23. Burns W. Pills for … Continue reading A letter in the BMJ
The pharmacist Gilbert Farie relies upon Dr John Flaxman. Each year, Dr Flaxman chooses a day to celebrate as his “deathday”.
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 passage from Howards End by E M Forster:
This is the last “No Holds Barred” column by Dr Margaret McCartney: Screening is only for people with no symptoms. If you have symptoms it’s not screening. Screening is often … Continue reading ‘No Holds Barred’
By chance I recently came across this in the archives of the BMJ. It was published in the Materia Non Medica section of the 2nd March 1979:
A film about John Glen Parker of Asloss and Slidderybraes, Kilmarnock. This Laird was able to be completely comfortable with who he was. He put others first. His father was … Continue reading The Laird of Asloss and Sliddery Braes
Dr John Flaxman is creativity and freedom. Dr Flaxman is not a stuffy and removed academic. Dr Flaxman is a friend and correspondent of the “hunched ane”: Mr Gilbert Farie. Being … Continue reading Dr John Flaxman: Sapere Aude
This post is for Richard Taylor who died on the 25th July 2015. I am not aware of any other who has done more to challenge the mythologies and stigmas of “Alzheimers” … Continue reading “Truly be all you can, and not what the ‘experts’ tell you to be”
This is a post about the mental health debate held at the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday 6th January 2015. Alexander McCall Smith wrote to me recently recommending this book (appreciating … Continue reading Not fitting the pattern