a woman named

Janet Carstairs: Footnote: From currently availble archives, I have been unable to find anything more about Janet Carstairs. So little is recorded. The little that may be recorded is based … Continue reading a woman named

The Past in the Present

Sir Arthur Mitchell (1826 – 1909) was a Scottish doctor involved in the study and care of patients with mental illness. He served on several public commissions, and wrote widely … Continue reading The Past in the Present

Trainees’ Workshop

As part of the 2019 Summer Meeting the British Association for Psychopharmacology has organised a ‘Trainees’ Workshop’ chaired by Professor Jeremy Hall and with the following five speakers: I have … Continue reading Trainees’ Workshop

Garden Archaeology

My friend Ian gave me this book. Here are a few passages: This post is dedicated to Chris Currie who wrote this book but died in 1993 before it was … Continue reading Garden Archaeology

‘The Future of Dementia Care’

The Annual Conference of the Faculty of Old Age Psychiatry will take place next month and has Professor Craig Ritchie presenting on “The Future of Dementia Care” The publicly available … Continue reading ‘The Future of Dementia Care’

“An atmosphere of calm boredom”

For my birthday my wife bought me the Lanarkshire and Renfrewshire edition of the “Buildings of Scotland”. I was interested to come across this description of Carstairs State Hospital: In … Continue reading “An atmosphere of calm boredom”

‘in my post-medical landscape’

Scottish Chapter Prize: EGOs get in the way of being true. I was awarded every award in my post-medical landscape. But awards are not signs to be posted on maps. … Continue reading ‘in my post-medical landscape’

Putting caring conversations into practice

Below is my published response to this open question by Dr Derek Summerfield’s: NHS antidepressant prescribing: what do we get for £266m a year? I will not be alone in … Continue reading Putting caring conversations into practice