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 listed as one possibly hereditary [...]
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 of thought and the anti-psychiatry [...]
Back pain is a huge problem for people and the Economy. Diagnosis is difficult. Strengthening the muscles of the back can have great results but involves a lot of work.
The media misrepresents findings of USA anaesthetist on back pain and injections
Major exhibition on Art and Healing opens in April at University College Hospital, London on Thursday 18th April
The EBM being so lauded by opponents of CAM would actually exclude a lot of orthodox treatments from being used on the NHS
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.
Giving diseases a national identity, an inanely xenophobic practice at best, is now regarded as politically incorrect. Referring to rubella as ‘German measles’ might still be considered merely naïve, but any mention of ‘mongolism’ (once a widely used synonym for Down’s Syndrome) is likely to be met with severe censure. The term ‘French letters’ has [...]