“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”

Gamification

This week the Managing Director of Minervation Ltd gave a talk in Leeds about “blogging, social media, gamification & elves” A number of folk, unsure what gamification is, asked the … Continue reading Gamification

A review: The Medical Model in Mental Health

In the author’s words: As a reviewer I qualify in all of these domains. At outset, the author of this Oxford Text Book makes clear: In acknowledging these omissions the … Continue reading A review: The Medical Model in Mental Health

Dead Rat brains implored: it is by living we learn

From: Peter J Gordon Sent: 17 May 2019 To: The President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists; the former President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists; the Vice-President of the … Continue reading Dead Rat brains implored: it is by living we learn

Compelling Evidence

The Expert told Parliament that there is “compelling evidence” for long-term treatment with antidepressants. This the Expert said is “maintenance treatment”.[1] The Expert told Parliament: “Depression is under-treated across the … Continue reading Compelling Evidence

EXIT music

This photograph is of a corridor that led out to a courtyard in the old hospital that I trained in. That hospital was Royal Cornhill in Aberdeen. I used to … Continue reading EXIT music

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!

“a twitter spat”

Included in a heavily redacted response from the Royal College of Psychiatrists to a FOI request was the above internal communication. The identification of the sender has been redacted but … Continue reading “a twitter spat”

GASLIGHT

My wife, who is an NHS doctor, and her parents, both retired NHS doctors, are going to a performance of GASLIGHT at Perth Theatre. I have decided not to go, … Continue reading GASLIGHT

Dr William Sargant did not write these words

Dr William Sargant (1907-1988) was a major force in British Psychiatry. Dr Sargant campaigned for the Medical Model of Psychiatry with military zeal. He had no interest in treatments that … Continue reading Dr William Sargant did not write these words

“I had dinner with William Sargant . . .”

The March 2019 edition of the British Journal of General Practice focuses on mental health. The Editor, Roger Jones, opened the journal: The Editor then went on to consider R … Continue reading “I had dinner with William Sargant . . .”