Ketamine: “lost in translation?”

Last month I shared a BMJ Editorial on Ketamine by Dr Sameer Jauhar and Dr Paul Morrison. Since then there have been a number of published BMJ responses and replies. … Continue reading Ketamine: “lost in translation?”

“His thoughtfulness and modesty”

Recently Professor Rob Howard, Old Age Psychiatrist, University College London, having read a “Real Psychiatry” blog post written by George Dawson MD said: “I have learned a lot from Georges’s … Continue reading “His thoughtfulness and modesty”

‘Lines with unfinished endings’

These unfinished lines are from a humourous poetic composition (versus de cabo rata) from Don Quixote by Cervantes. [the photograph is of Dr Peter J Gordon taken in his NHS … Continue reading ‘Lines with unfinished endings’

“I am the most unfortunate doctor”

This is a passage from Don Quoxite was written by Miguel De Cervantes over 400 years ago: [please note: the above portrait is of Miguel De Cervantes and not the … Continue reading “I am the most unfortunate doctor”

Presidential candidates: The Royal College of Psychiatrists

On the 4th October 2019 I e-mailed the three candidates for the Presidency of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and asked: Do you support Sunshine Legislation for the UK? So … Continue reading Presidential candidates: The Royal College of Psychiatrists

Celebrating 25 years

The current edition of INSIGHT, the magazine of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, celebrates 25 years since the College opened its doors in Scotland. This anniversary spans the same period … Continue reading Celebrating 25 years

“We should cautiously welcome this new therapeutic option”

There has long been awareness of the effects of Ketamine use among those who have taken it unprescribed. Given the lack of long term data on this specific “new therapeutic … Continue reading “We should cautiously welcome this new therapeutic option”

Akathisia and suicide

Two weeks ago I sent the following letter to the President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and England’s National Lead for Suicide Prevention. I have had no acknowledgment of … Continue reading Akathisia and suicide

“Good clarification”

On the 12th September 2019 Dr Sameer Jauhar shared on social media the above correction, as published in the Daily Mail, describing it as a “good clarification” The Council for … Continue reading “Good clarification”

“Good to have a Government that listens!”

Remarked the Chair of the Scottish Division of the Royal College of Psychiatrists after being greeted by name by reception staff as he arrived at St Andrew’s House. Unfortunately I … Continue reading “Good to have a Government that listens!”

George Orwell . .

. . . decades before 1984

Respectful and Constructive debate

George Orwell: