"To sleep, perchance to dream- ay, there's the rub." While Hamlet muses about sleep and dreams, sufferers of insomnia will be happy to sleep with or without the added bonus of dreams. The treatment of insomnia has a troubling history in medicine. The first line of sleeping tablets - barbiturates - were [...]
Readers of this blog know that I am no fan of the word 'depression' but it came up in an amazing story in Science this week. The article is about how we may be inheriting genetic diseases going back 50 000 years to one of our earliest ancestors, Neandertal Man! Depression is [...]
I've never liked the word 'depression'. The Victorians referred more accurately to chronic sadness as 'melancholia'. Psychiatry has struggled for decades to find a chemical solution by which to 'treat the brain' in order to alleviate this awful problem. Success has been hard to come by and both the psychoanalytic school [...]
It is hypocritical beyond belief selectively to say that NHS homeopathy is a waste of money and should be stopped when the cost of NHS antidepressant use (which may be no better than placebo in the majority of cases) is going through the roof.
A provocative look at alcohol, alcoholism and Prof. David Nutt's recent statement about alcohol being more dangerous to society than heroin or crack cocaine.
Comedians are suddenly influencing American politics. The power of satire has been officially recognised by the political authorities. Can the medical authorities be far behind? Probably yes.