A letter in the BMJ

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

“Doctors gamble on a cure”

In recent posts I have shared some of what I have come across in the British Newspaper Archive in relation to a search on the word “serotonin”. I have found … Continue reading “Doctors gamble on a cure”

BBC2: 7.30pm, Tuesday 18th July 1995

Many, if not all British newspapers have now been digitised for the British Newspaper Archive. Until relatively recently this had covered a period only up to the 1950s. However digitalisation … Continue reading BBC2: 7.30pm, Tuesday 18th July 1995

‘At least 500 million years of nervous system evolution’

The British Journal of Psychiatry has a series called “100 words”. The above was a submission by Professor Philip J. Cowen published in 2013: 500 million years reduced to 100 … Continue reading ‘At least 500 million years of nervous system evolution’

Psychiatry in General Practice (the early 1990s)

The following editorial was by Dr James Guy Edwards. It was published the year before I started training in psychiatry: The author was Editor of this Text Book: The first … Continue reading Psychiatry in General Practice (the early 1990s)

Siberia

The Porsolt Forced Swimming Test (Behavioural Despair Test) is centred on rodents’ response to the threat of drowning. It has been interpreted as measuring susceptibility to negative mood in humans. … Continue reading Siberia

P O R S O L T

The Porsolt Forced Swimming Test (Behavioural Despair Test) is centred on rodents’ response to the threat of drowning. It has been interpreted as measuring susceptibility to negative mood in humans. … Continue reading P O R S O L T

Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival

The Chair of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in Scotland recently presented the awards for this years best films. In past years I have been one of the judges for … Continue reading Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival

EXIT music

This photograph is of a corridor that led out to a courtyard in the old hospital that I trained in. That hospital was Royal Cornhill in Aberdeen. I used to … Continue reading EXIT music

Tapering SSRI treatment to mitigate withdrawal symptoms

This Personal View by Mark Abie Horowitz and David Taylor has been published in this month’s Lancet. I have written to the authors to thank them for providing this sensible … Continue reading Tapering SSRI treatment to mitigate withdrawal symptoms

The Scottish Pharmacist

In an antique shop in Grantown in Spey I came across a 1978 edition of ‘The Scottish Pharmacist’. Some of the articles made me laugh out loud but led to … Continue reading The Scottish Pharmacist

Battling and fighting words

The above paragraph comes from an article in yesterday’s Herald. The findings of this poll for MacMillan Cancer Support were widely shared and discussed across the media. MacMillan Cancer Support … Continue reading Battling and fighting words