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Duncan Double
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Of the great climacterical year, that is, sixty three
Now I know what the problem is! I am now in my grand climacteric year. I am in the "mysterious period of life when the the numbers of seven and nine multiplied into each other" (see quote ). According to Sir Thomas Browne , this is a vulgar error.  Hopefull...
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Ah that explains it. I'm also 63. 
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Doctors' unhappiness
As I tweeted , 'Junior doctors are not happy'. David Hunter usefully sets the dispute over the junior doctor contract and the likely strike action in the wider political context (see BMJ  editorial ). When doctors were happy, they:- sacrificed early evening...
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Are early intervention services beneficial?
Ghio et al (2015) have published a survey of attitudes of mental health workers towards early interventions in psychiatry. They admit the results may be biased towards a more favourable opinion because the survey was distributed to participants at conferenc...
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The case for the Physician Associate
The Department of Health is promoting the development of the new profession of Physican Associate (PA) (see NHS careers webpage ). The role has been seen as "doctors on the cheap", but in fact, although Physician Associates are trained in the medical model,...
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Hokum is not fine by me
Max Pemberton, in   this week's Dr Max the Mind Doctor column in the Daily Mail  (see section entitled Hokum is fine by me if it works) mentions a recent decision by a judge to reject a patient’s challenge to the Lothian Health Board’s decision to stop fund...
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Abandon the notion of mental illness as a distinct, genetic brain disease
Jim van Os makes a case for abandoning the term "schizophrenia" because of its association with suggestions that it is a distinct, genetic brain disease (see BMJ article ). He suggests that no such language is associated with other categories of psychotic i...
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Psychiatric interviewing
I have mentioned Susan Lamb before (see eg. previous post ). Her most recent article picks up Meyer's use of the term 'the new psychiatry' (although I don't think he used this phrase that often). Meyer emphasised the importance of history taking and mental ...
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Is 'psychosis' a substitute for 'schizophrenia'?
Huw Green in his article in Social Theory and Health  mentions that Mary Boyle reluctantly adopts the word 'psychosis' as a substitute for 'schizophrenia' in order to discuss the topic of diagnosis she has chosen to address. He uses this to reinforce his vi...
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Asking the wrong questions about psychiatry
Stephan et al (2015) in two papers in The Lancet Psychiatry  entitled 'Charting the landscape of priority problems in psychiatry' (Part I: Classification and diagnosis and Part II: Pathogenesis and aetiology ) begin from the fact that "few, if any, breakthr...
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Fixing the brain is not the new world for psychiatry
Joe Herbert starts well in his article on Aeon  Why we can't treat mental illness by fixing the brain? . He explains that although we have some understanding of how a brain neurone is activated and how this activation is passed on to another neurone, we do ...
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Adolf Meyer's legacy
I have mentioned Susan Lamb's  Pathologist of the mind in a previous post . The book has been reviewed by Andrew Scull in the TLS (see WSJ version ). Andrew agues that "comprehensive reassessment of Meyer’s life, career and influence is long overdue" (is An...
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