“uncritical partisan narrative”

In a previous post I shared this paper: The declarations of interest were given as follows: I have written the following open letter to the lead author: Sent: 22 May … Continue reading “uncritical partisan narrative”

Published in the British Journal of Psychiatry (2000)

This paper, funded, researched and written by Eli Lilly was published in the British Journal of Psychiatry in 2000. In this paper the word “relapse” is used 64 times. The … Continue reading Published in the British Journal of Psychiatry (2000)

“Is this pill a miracle?”

So asked the headline! From the Irish Independent of the 2nd November 1993. Professor Antony Clare, in expressing his concerns about the sensationalism surrounding SSRIs and their promotion, concluded:

‘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’

Pharmaceutical Mailing Lists

This letter by Dr Cyril Hart, General Practitioner in Peterborough, was published in the British Medical Journal in December 1962. This was five years before I was born! I find … Continue reading Pharmaceutical Mailing Lists

Medical leadership for mind, brain and body.

This is the trade-marked strap-line for the American Psychiatric Association. Over my 25 year career as an NHS Scotland psychiatrist I have seen many of my colleagues travel to America … Continue reading Medical leadership for mind, brain and body.

“It is time to drive the stake into its misbegotten heart”

In a recent perspective published in the Psychiatric Times, Ronald Pies, MD, said Ronald Pies, MD, Editor-in-Chief Emeriti for the Psychiatric Times, continued: This perspective is developed under the following … Continue reading “It is time to drive the stake into its misbegotten heart”

Open questions to Professor Daniel Smith

A recent NHS Scotland study by Professor Daniel J. Smith of the University of Glasgow was widely reported because of the “concerning findings”. This was a typical headline [the Herald]:The authors concluded that … Continue reading Open questions to Professor Daniel Smith

Dr Paul D. Morrison

This is my latest post as part of a series reporting the available information on competing financial interests in ‘key opinion leaders’ in British psychiatry. The declarations of competing financial … Continue reading Dr Paul D. Morrison

The Governance of the NHS in Scotland

This report was published yesterday. I commend the Health and Sport Committee for such a comprehensive review and in what follows I will link my writings to some of the … Continue reading The Governance of the NHS in Scotland

‘blow that argument to smithereens’

The Sunday Herald, 3rd June 2018, had this report on its front page: The Editor of the Herald gave a careful analysis of this and concluded: Naturally, in reading this … Continue reading ‘blow that argument to smithereens’

They don’t make days like they used to

This film is for Sally Scott, my great-great aunt, who died on the 24th April 2018. Music credits: (1) Superorganism – recorded live, Tiny Desk Concert (2) Inspiral Carpets – … Continue reading They don’t make days like they used to