First do no harm

This is the opening of an Editorial published in the British Journal of General Practice, October 2020. The Cumberlege Review can be read in full here.

Doctors’ conflicts of interest

In my spare time, I gave over a decade to this cause. I submitted evidence to the Cumberlege Review. The following Editorial was published in the BMJ on the 21 … Continue reading Doctors’ conflicts of interest

‘More than three times the circumference of the globe’

I came across this death notice by chance whilst researching what is recorded of the life of ‘Dr William Brodum’. I reckon that Charlotte Skinner never once required any of … Continue reading ‘More than three times the circumference of the globe’

‘A fresh supply of PATENT MEDICINES’

This is an extraordinary story. It is historical. It is true. It could never happen today? [open question] Click on ‘Dr Brodum’s’ portait to read this extraorinary story

‘A Guide to Old Age or A Cure for the Indiscretions of Youth’

Mimi Matthews in this blog describes how patent medicines were everywhere in he 18th and 19th century: “These various powders, potions, elixirs, and cordials were primarily peddled by quacks, some … Continue reading ‘A Guide to Old Age or A Cure for the Indiscretions of Youth’

SSRI ‘discontinuation syndrome’ or withdrawal

This Analysis by Massabki and Abi-Jaoude has been published in the British Journal of Psychiatry. It has been made open-access.

Protected: A published and an unpublished review of ‘Bad Pharma’

There is no excerpt because this is a protected post.

A drawing by my son, aged 5

I came across this drawing recently and noted the innocent juxtaposition by a child of different groups/types of people. [I should say, my son Andrew is now 22 years old!]

Esketamine: Regulators and a confusing narrative

I recently shared a BMJ report that outlined the approval of Esketamine in Europe: Since sharing this news, the following rapid response by the MHRA [The Medicines and Healthcare products … Continue reading Esketamine: Regulators and a confusing narrative

“Psychiatry is among least influenced by industry . . .”

The author of “The Medical Model in Mental Health” has stated [a number of times] that his book “provides evidence that psychiatry is among least influenced by industry of medical … Continue reading “Psychiatry is among least influenced by industry . . .”

“Esketamine is approved in Europe”

The BMJ has published this News report, the full article can be accessed here.

“Absolutely spot on !!!!”

The 2019 International Congress of the Royal College of Psychiatrists has won Best Conference Development at the Association Awards UK. Naturally there was much sharing of the news of this … Continue reading “Absolutely spot on !!!!”