‘the essence of good clinical decision-making’

In his talk ‘The mystery and paradox of scientific medicine‘ Raymond Tallis remarked:

Hubris and the medical profession

I regularly read the BMJ Rapid Responses and find them to provide opportunities to learn and often to challenge any existing understandings that I may have established. The following response … Continue reading Hubris and the medical profession

“Those three little words”

This perspective in the current BMJ seems important to me. The author, Matt Morgan begins: “If ‘I love you’ are the three most important words in life, then ‘I don’t … Continue reading “Those three little words”

Orwell’s proposed Preface to Animal Farm

an edit by Peter:

‘Animal Farm’

A few selected passages:

‘The Twittering Machine’

The Guardian’s ‘Book of the Week’:

The International Congress of the Royal College of Psychiatrists

From a distance I could see the vibrant colours of all those who were there at the International Congress #RCPsychIC and I could feel the  determination for good. A Poet … Continue reading The International Congress of the Royal College of Psychiatrists

Courage

The Royal College of Psychiatrists offer a C-I-R-C-L-E of values beginning with this statement on courage: It is my view that courage needs to be open to all [and every] … Continue reading Courage

“Strong argument”

The Medical Model in Mental Health: An Explanation and Evaluation has recently been published by Oxford University Press. In the weeks leading up to publication the author stated “it is … Continue reading “Strong argument”

Aye RIGHT!

“Aye, Right! is a Scotticism in which a double positive forms a negative. It is generally used as a sarcastic response to question or to challenge a presumption. The following … Continue reading Aye RIGHT!

On certainty and uncertainty

Over the course of my 25 year career as a doctor I have come across a human need for certainty. However, it is my view that in trying to be … Continue reading On certainty and uncertainty

‘The over-certain doctor insists’

I have been trying to trace this old book but it seems to have gone out of print. I am not even sure that it exists. I hope that this … Continue reading ‘The over-certain doctor insists’