Edited book


Critical psychiatry: The limits of madness. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006




The factor structure of manic rating scales. Journal of Affective Disorders 1990; 18:113-9 [Medline]

What would Adolf Meyer have thought of the neo-Kraepelinian approach? Psychiatric Bulletin 1990; 14: 472-4 [pdf]

A cluster analysis of manic states. Comprehensive Psychiatry 1991; 32: 187-94

What has happened to patients from long-stay psychiatric wards? Psychiatric Bulletin 1991; 15: 735-6 (with Wong TI) [Full text]

Training in "anti-psychiatry". Clinical Psychology Forum 1992; 46: 12-4

Long-term psychiatric patients' understanding of neuroleptic medication. Hospital and Community Psychiatry 1993; 44: 71-3 (with Macpherson R, Rowlands RP & Harrison DM) [Medline]

The concordance of operational criteria for mania and schizoaffective mania. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease 1993; 181: 21-6

Tracing patients from acute psychiatric wards. Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine 1993; 86: 533-4 (with Macpherson R & Wong TI) [Full text][Medline]

Efficacy of maintenance use of anticholinergic agents. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica 1993; 88: 381-4 (with Warren GC, Evans M & Rowlands RP)

Unblinding in trials of the withdrawal of anticholinergic agents in patients maintained on neuroleptics. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease 1995; 183: 599-602

What do GPs want from mental health services? Journal of Mental Health 1999; 8: 385-9

Blinding science Openmind 2000; 102: 19

Critical psychiatry CPD Bulletin Psychiatry 2000; 2: 33-6

Can psychiatry be retrieved from a biological approach? Journal of Critical Psychology, Counselling and Psychotherapy 2001; 1: 28-31

The overemphasis on biomedical diagnosis in psychiatry. Journal of Critical Psychology, Counselling and Psychotherapy 2002; 2: 40-47

The limits of psychiatry. BMJ 2002; 324: 900-904 [Full text] [Medline]

The history of anti-psychiatry: An essay review History of Psychiatry 2002; 13: 231-236

Redressing the imbalance. Mental Health Today 2002; Sept: 25-27

Double blind random bluff. Mental Health Today 2003; Nov: 24-26 (with Moncrieff J) [Medline]

Can a biomedical approach to psychiatric practice be justified? Journal of Child and Family Studies 2003; 12: 379-384

Biomedical bias of the American Psychiatric Association Ethical Human Psychology and Psychiatry 2004; 6: 153-159

The acceptable limits of psychiatry. The Point 2007; 21: 26-27

Adolf Meyer's psychobiology and the challenge for biomedicine. Philosophy, Psychiatry and Psychology 2007; 14: 331-9

Eclecticism and Adolf Meyer's functional understanding of mental illness. Philosophy, Psychiatry and Psychology 2007; 14: 356-8

Psychiatry beyond the current paradigm. British Journal of Psychiatry 2012; 201: 430-4 (with Bracken P & 27 others) [Full text] [PubMed]

Twenty years of the Critical Psychiatry Network. British Journal of Psychiatry 2019; 214: 61-2 [PubMed]

Critical psychiatry: An embarrassing hangover from the 1970s? BJPsych Bulletin 2020; 44: 233-6 [Full text] [PubMed]

Towards a more relational psychiatry: A critical reflection. BJPsych Advances 2022; 28: 170-8 [Full text]


Book Chapters


Integrating critical psychiatry into psychiatric training. In: Newnes C, Holmes G and Dunn C (eds). (2001) This is madness too. Ross-on-Wye: PCCS Books.

Beyond biomedical models: A perspective from critical psychiatry. In: Tew J (ed) (2005) Social perspectives in mental health: Developing social models to understand and work with mental distress. London: Jessica Kingsley

Paradigm shift in psychiatry. In: Ramon S & Williams J. (eds) (2005) Mental health at the crossroads: The promise of the psychosocial approach Abingdon: Ashgate

Clinician bias in diagnosis and treatment. In: Halligan P & Aylward M. (eds) (2006) The power of belief: Psychosocial influence on illness, disability and medicine. OUP

Critical psychiatry: Reducing the biomedical dominance of psychiatry. In: Double DB (ed) (2006) Critical psychiatry: The limits of madness. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan

Historical perspectives on anti-psychiatry. In: Double DB (ed) (2006) Critical psychiatry: The limits of madness. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan

The biopsychological approach in psychiatry: The Meyerian legacy. In: Double DB (ed) (2006) Critical psychiatry: The limits of madness. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan

Critical psychiatry and conflict: Renewing mental health practice. In: Double DB (ed) (2006) Critical psychiatry: The limits of madness. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan

Challenging risk: A critique of defensive practice. In: Cohen C & Timimi S (eds) (2008) Liberatory psychiatry: Philosophy, politics and mental health. Cambridge: CUP

The professional context: The psychiatrist In: Barker P (ed) (2011) Mental health ethics: The human context. Abingdon: Routledge

Why were doctors so slow to recognise antidepressant discontinuation problems? In: Rapley M, Moncrieff J & Dillon J (eds) (2011) Demedicalizing misery: Psychiatry, psychology and the human condition. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan

Psychiatric understandings of mental health. In: Wright KM & McKeown M (eds) (2018) Essentials of mental health nursing. London: Sage

Critical perspectives in mental health. (with Ameil Joseph) In: Savelli M, Gillett J & Andrews GJ (eds) (2020) An introduction to mental health and illness: Critical perspectives. OUP Canada

Can psychiatry be saved? In: Maisel E & Ruby C (eds) (2022) Critiquing the psychiatric model. Ethics International Press


Openmind psychiatric update column


Does stimulating the brain cure mental illness? Openmind July/August 2009; 158: 22

Marketing of atypical antipsychotics should be in interest of patients. Openmind September/October 2009; 159: 22

Joining together patient and professional expertise. Openmind November/December 2009; 160: 22

Substance abuse more dangerous than schizophrenia. Openmind January/February 2010; 161: 22

War cannot be made psychologically safe. Openmind March/April 2010; 162: 25

Conference and other presentations


Breaking the biomedical dominance of psychiatry. Moving beyond maintenance conference. Strangefish: Birmingham, 21 September 2000

Can psychiatry abandon the "medical model"? Leeds mental health and crisis services conference, 6 December 2000

Adolf Meyer and the myth/reality of mental illness: implications for current understanding. Mental illness and accounts of the mind, University of Southampton, 3 March 2001

What are the risks to Mental Health? Opportunities and obstacles for psychiatrists to participate in mental health promotion. European Perspectives on Mental Health Promotion: The First Steps. Anglia Polytechnic University, 16 March 2001

Psychiatrists can have understanding too. In: Symposium - Recent Advances in Psychological Understanding of Mental Illness and Psychotic Experiences: The report of the Division of Clinical Psychology. BPS Centenary Conference, Glasgow 28-31 March 2001

What has happened to a biopsychological approach in psychiatry? World Assembly for Mental Health, Vancouver, 2001

Critical psychiatry: Seeing psychiatry as it really is. MIND annual conference, November 2001

The Risk Society: What's in a name? Risk and mental health. Study day on risk, Anglia Polytechnic University, 13 December 2001

Critical thinking in psychiatry: A positive agenda for change. MIND annual conference, November 2002

Biomedical bias of institutional psychiatry: a critique of the American Psychiatric Association statement on the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders. Eighth Annual International Centre for Study of Psychology and Psychiatry (ICSPP) conference, 8 October 2004

Critical psychiaty: A neo-Meyerian perspective. New York Group for the Association for the Advancement of Philosophy and Psychiatry (AAPP) 16 October 2004

Critical psychiatry: The implications for community mental practice. 8th International conference on Philosophy, Psychiatry and Psychology: New philosophies for community psychiatry: Recovery orientated, evidenced- based, and beyond, Yale University, New Haven, 16-18 October 2005

The acceptable limits of psychiatry. Open minds: Cultural, critical and activist perspectives on psychiatry, New York, 23 September 2006 [Presentation]

Some aspects of the moral basis of diagnosis: The challenge of Meyer’s psychobiology. Royal College of Psychiatrists, Annual General Meeting, London, 2 July 2008 [Presentation]

Is critical psychiatry the same as "anti-psychiatry"? Asylum! Conference and festival, Manchester, 10 September 2008 [Presentation]

Why were doctors so slow to recognise antidepressant discontinuation problems? De-medicalising misery II, London, 16 December 2008 [Presentation]

The future of psychiatry is the biopsychosocial model. UEA medical student psychiatry society debate, 17 March 2009 [Presentation]

Implementing critical psychiatry in practice: Positive and negative aspects. Sixth biennial conference, International Society of Critical Health Psychology, Lausanne, 10 July 2009 [Presentation]

Risk and defensive practice in psychiatry. Lincolnshire psychiatric training scheme, 24 September 2009 [Presentation]

Excluding critical psychiatry. Critical perspectives on health and social care seminar series; Centre for Well-being, Health and Social Care Research; School of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Nottingham, 26 November 2009 [Presentation]

Opposing and engaging with biomedical psychiatry. Asylum conference, Manchester, 14 September 2011 [Presentation]

The biopsychosocial model in the origins of psychiatry. 24th Annual meeting of the Association for the Advancement of Philosophy and Psychiatry, Philadelphia, 5 May 2012 [Presentation]

Is it sensible to make mental health services accountable for homicide by their patients? Risk and uncertainty: Ontologies and methods, Amsterdam risk conference, 23-25 January 2013 [Presentation]

Understanding psychosis. Anti-psychiatry and its legacies, Part II, Nottingham Contemporary, 13 February 2013 [Presentation]

Moving beyond the current paradigm in psychiatry. International Society of Critical Health Psychology 8th Biennial Conference, Bradford. 24 July 2013 [Presentation]

Critical psychiatry: Moving beyond the current paradigm in psychiatry. DCP Psychosis & Complex Mental Health Faculty event, “Developing the Narrative: Creating a shared paradigm shift towards a holistic view of mental health”, BPS London office, 20 November 2013 [Presentation]

Some perspectives on making the mental hospital more therapeutic in post-war Britain. Psychiatry in Europe after World War II, Heidelberg. 30-31 October 2015 [Presentation]

What is the unique role of the consultant in the multidisciplinary team? Barnet, Enfield and Haringey consultants conference on critical thinking in psychiatry, 6 June 2016 [Presentation]

Mental health, the brain and public understandings. Neuropsychology in adult mental health, Lancaster University, 4 July 2016 [Presentation]

Critical psychiatry: Its definition and differences. Philosophical perspectives on critical psychiatry: Challenges and opportunities. AAPP 29th Annual Meeting, San Diego. 20 May 2017 [Presentation]

Psychoanalytic and psychodynamic psychotherapy should be more readily available on the NHS. Council for Psychoanalysis and Jungian Analysis, 14 October 2017 [Presentation]






MCQ papers. Psychiatric Bulletin 1987; 11: 348 [pdf]

Homelessness after discharge from psychiatric hospitals. Lancet 1990; 336: 1075 (with Wong TI) [Medline]

Britain's path [for community care]. Hospital and Community Psychiatry 1990; 41:1144 [Full text]

Limitations of double-blind trials. British Journal of Psychiatry 1990; 157: 300 [pdf]

Research in psychiatry. Psychiatric Bulletin 1990; 14: 364 [pdf]

Position of pre-senior registrars. Psychiatric Bulletin 1990; 14: 743 [pdf]

Blinding trials. British Journal of Psychiatry 1991; 158: 573-4 [pdf] [Medline]

Better mental health services. BMJ 1991; 302: 1534 [pdf]

Homeless people and psychiatric care. BMJ 1991; 303: 126 [pdf]

Editing medical records. BMJ 1991; 303: 787 [pdf]

Resettlement of long-stay patients in the community. Psychiatric Bulletin 1992; 16: 371-2 [Full text]

Understanding schizophrenia. BMJ 1992; 305: 775-6 [pdf]

Training in psychiatry. Psychiatric Bulletin 1993; 17: 241-2 [pdf]

Feminism and psychiatry. Psychiatric Bulletin 1993; 17: 304 (with Nicolson P) [pdf]

Unemployment and psychiatric admissions. BMJ 1994; 308: 413 (with Huws R)
[Full text] [Medline]

The placebo effect - involves deception. BMJ 1994; 309: 667 [Full text] [Medline]

The Calman report on specialist training. Psychiatric Bulletin 1994; 18: 699 [pdf]

Care programme approach. Psychiatric Bulletin 1994; 18: 700-1 [Full text]

Lithium revisited. British Journal of Psychiatry 1996; 168: 381-2 [Medline]

Placebo mania. Placebo controlled trials are needed to provide data on effectiveness of active treatment. BMJ 1996; 313: 1008-9 [Full text] [Medline]

The rise of counselling. Staff in mental health services need clearer guidelines. BMJ 1996; 313: 1208
[Full text] [Medline]

Prescribing antidepressants in general practice. People may become psychologically dependent on antidepressants. BMJ 1997; 314: 826. [Full text] [Medline]

Implications of Calman changes in psychiatry. Psychiatric Bulletin 1998; 22: 256

"What's the bloody point [of clinical psychology]?" Clinical Psychology Forum 1998; 117: 2

Wall between neurology and psychiatry: Integration of mind and brain creates biopsychological understanding in psychiatry. BMJ 2002; 325: 778 [Full text] [Medline]

Encouraging insensitivity in doctors is not an option. BMJ 2003; 326: 1038-9 [Full text] [Medline]

Prescription rights - are we ready for a change? The Psychologist 2003; 16: 287

Back to asylums. The Observer, 5 October 2003

Suspension of doctors: Medical suspensions may have ideological nature. BMJ 2004; 328: 709-710 [Full text] [Medline]

Meaning and causes in ADHD. British Journal of Psychiatry 2004; 184: 453 [Full text] [Medline]

Future of psychotherapy in the NHS: Control groups play important part. BMJ 2004; 329: 514, doi:10.1136/bmj.329.7464.514 [Full text] [Medline]

Rethinking childhood depression: Does childhood depression exist? BMJ 2005; 330: 418, doi:10.1136/bmj.330.7488.418 [Full text] [Medline]

Cannabis and psychosis: Let's start from the null hypothesis. BMJ 2006; 332: 303, doi:10.1136/bmj.332.7536.303 [Full text] [Medline]

Professional shame. Times Higher Educational Supplement, 10 March 2006

Challenge to mental health homicide rate. The Observer, 10 December 2006 [Full text]

Clinical governance can become oppressive. BMJ 2007; 334: 549, doi:10.1136/bmj.39150.389919 [Full text] [Medline]

Critical psychiatry seeks to avoid the polarisation engendered by anti-psychiatry. Psychiatric Bulletin 2009; 33: 395-6 [Full text]

Rudness at work. It's rude to argue? BMJ 2010; 341: c4301 [Full text]

Whistling in the wind. The Psychiatrist 2011; 35: 315 [Full text]

Barriers to expressing concern about inquiries into homicides by psychiatric patients. BMJ 2012; 345: e7521 [Full text] [PubMed]

New paradigm: Developmental psychopathology. Authors' reply. British Journal of Psychiatry 2013; 202: 312-3 (with Bracken P & 27 others) [PubMed]

Giving up the disease model. Lancet Psychiatry; 2015: 2: 682 [Full text] [PubMed]

Purpose, humility, civility, and science. Lancet Psychiatry; 2018: 964-5 (with Kinderman P, Davies J, Moore J, Guy A3, Read J, Timimi S) [Full Text] [PubMed]

Towards a history of antipsychiatry. Lancet Psychiatry 2020; 7: 478 [Full text]



E-letters and Rapid Responses


Antidepressant discontinuation reactions - dependence on antidepressants is significant, 1 May 1998 [Full text]

Lithium - the issue of effectiveness is still open, 3 May 1998 [Full text]

Lithium - discontinuation does contribute to relapse, 12 May 1998 [Full text]

Re: Antisuicidal effects of lithium - bias in interpreting the effectiveness of lithium, 4 Jul 1998 [Full text]

Large scale trials exacerbate risk of spurious conclusion if bias is not eliminated. bmj.com/cgi/eletters/317/7167/1170#1150, 4 Nov 1998 [Full text]

Have psychiatrists failed community care? 14 Jan 1999 [Full text]

In what sense has community care failed? 26 Jan 1999 [Full text]

What does it mean to say that antidepressants are not addictive? bmj.com/cgi/eletters/318/7192/1188#3012, 30 Apr 1999 [Full text]

Increase in secure provision as well as detention under the Mental Health Act. bmj.com/cgi/eletters/318/7197/1520#3400, 4 Jun 1999 [Full text]

Speculating about genes and psychiatric illness. bmj.com/cgi/eletters/319/7201/37#3758, 3 Jul 1999 [Full text]

Developing guidelines to prevent doctors assaulting patients who refuse treatment after overdose. bmj.com/cgi/eletters/319/7202/107#3847, 10 Jul 1999 [Full text]

Re: Are antidepressant medications addictive? bmj.com/cgi/eletters/318/7192/1188#4520, 7 Sep 1999 [Full text]

Antidepressant discontinuation reactions - Haddad et al have updated their views, 1 Apr 2000 [Full text]

Making psychiatry more humane. bmj.com/cgi/eletters/320/7247/1417#8070, 28 May 2000 [Full text]

Re: Care in the community. bmj.com/cgi/eletters/319/7201/13#8083, 29 May 2000 [Full text]

Re: Is life becoming more of a pain? bmj.com/cgi/eletters/320/7249/1552#8288, 11 Jun 2000 [Full text]

What has happened to psychosocial understanding of mental illness? bmj.com/cgi/eletters/320/7247/1420#8291, 11 Jun 2000 [Full text]

Author's reply to rapid responses re The limits of psychiatry. bmj.com/cgi/eletters/324/7342/900#21622, 23 Apr 2002 [Full text]

Re: Critical psychiatry: Science and hermeneutics. bmj.com/cgi/eletters/324/7342/900#21989, 8 May 2002 [Full text]

Re: People with ADHD are not lazy, unmotivated, and irresponsible. bmj.com/cgi/eletters/324/7352/1523#23222, 22 June 2002 [Full text]

Mind-brain integration creates biopsychological understanding in psychiatry. bmj.com/cgi/eletters/324/7352/1468#23487, 1 July 2002 [Full text]

Re: Post-post-psychiatry and eclecticism. bmj.com/cgi/eletters/324/7342/900#24313, 31 July 2002 [Full text]

The power relationship between doctor and patient. bmj.com/cgi/eletters/325/7366/722#25863, 28 September 2002 [Full text]

The facts of antidepressant discontinuation reactions. bmj.com/cgi/eletters/325/7369/910#26377, 20 October 2002 [Full text]

Making clinical governance sound, open and fair. bmj.com/cgi/eletters/325/7369/895#26681, 3 November 2002 [Full text]

Misunderstanding ADHD: The reality of the efficacy of methlyphenidate. bmj.com/cgi/eletters/324/7352/1523#26823, 9 November 2002 [Full text]

Further response to sharing of uncertainty can unnerve patients. bmj.com/cgi/eletters/325/7376/1319/a#27922, 18 December 2002 [Full text]

Encouraging insensitivity in doctors is not an option. bmj.com/cgi/eletters/326/7385/355/a#29879, 23 February 2003 [Full text]

Non-significant results are as valid as significant findings. bmj.com/cgi/eletters/326/7387/475#30078, 1 March 2003 [Full text]

Medicine's conceptual framework should be post-positivist. bmj.com/cgi/eletters/326/7389/601/b#30544, 18 March 2003 [Full text]

What does it mean to say that antidepressants have helped millions of people round the world? http://www.bmj.com/rapid-response/2011/10/29/what-does-it-mean-say-anti-depressants-have-helped-millions-people-round-w, 21 May 2003 [Full text]

Debate about whether antidepressants are better than placebos. bmj.com/cgi/eletters/326/7400/1171#32873, 2 June 2003 [Full text]

Re: Enough already - Critical Psychiatry Network campaign. bmj.com/cgi/eletters/326/7400/1155#32884, 2 June 2003 [Full text]

Maybe not a definitive critique of psychiatry. bmj.bmjjournals.com/cgi/eletters/327/7422/1055-a#39661, 5 November 2003 [Full text]

Pharmaceutical company bias in efficacy data for mania. bmj.bmjjournals.com/cgi/eletters/327/7422/1002#39783, 6 November 2003 [Full text]

Thomas Szasz, the Critical Psychiatry Network and the psychiatric protection order, 12 January 2004 [Full text]

Critique of ADHD as a cultural construct is not "anti-psychatry". bjp.rcpsych.org/cgi/eletters/184/1/8#176, 16 January 2004 [Full text]

The potential ideological nature of medical suspensions. bmj.bmjjournals.com/cgi/eletters/328/7433/181#48889, 1 February 2004 [Full text]

Changing the mindset about unblinding in clinical trials, 21 February 2004 [Full text]

The Blofeld report and the dangers of restraint. bmj.bmjjournals.com/cgi/eletters/328/7436/367-c#51365, 24 February 2004 [Full text]

Turning a blind eye to bias in clinical trials, 26 February 2004 [Full text]

Anti-psychiatry and the meaning of ADHD. Reply to meaning and causes in ADHD, 18 May 2004 [Full text]

Choosing the future of psychotherapy in the NHS. bmj.bmjjournals.com/cgi/eletters/329/7460/245#69508. 1 August 2004 [Full text]

Re: What really matters in psychotherapy is output, not input, standards. bmj.bmjjournals.com/cgi/eletters/329/7464/514#72818, 2 September 2004 [Full text]

Re: The best design for psychotherapy studies. bmj.bmjjournals.com/cgi/eletters/329/7464/514#72820, 2 September 2004 [Full text]

How can an editorial on SSRIs not mention discontinuation problems? bmj.bmjjournals.com/cgi/eletters/329/7470/809#82030, 26 October 2004 [Full text]

Neuroleptic induced vulnerability to relapse. bmj.bmjjournals.com/cgi/eletters/329/7474/1058#85756, 17 November 2004 [Full text]

Engaging practices in mental health commissioning. bmj.bmjjournals.com/cgi/eletters/329/7476/1204-c#86210, 19 November 2004 [Full text]

Does childhood depression exist? bmj.bmjjournals.com/cgi/eletters/329/7479/1394#88933, 14 December 2004 [Full text]

Lack of clinical significance of antidepressants, 8 February 2005 [Full text]

Re: Trying to knit fog? bmj.bmjjournals.com/cgi/eletters/330/7488/419-b#97466, 22 February 2005 [Full text]

Re: Re: Re: Trying to knit fog? bmj.bmjjournals.com/cgi/eletters/330/7488/419-b#97794, 25 February 2005 [Full text]

Re: Re: Re: Re: Trying to knit fog? bmj.bmjjournals.com/cgi/eletters/330/7488/419-b#98302, 28 February 2005 [Full text]

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Trying to knit fog? bmj.bmjjournals.com/cgi/eletters/330/7488/419-b#98772, 3 March 2005 [Full text]

Belief in the pharmaceutical industry. pb.rcpsych.org/cgi/eletters/29/3/81#305, 7 March 2005 [Full text]

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Trying to knit fog? bmj.bmjjournals.com/cgi/eletters/330/7488/419-b#99699, 9 March 2005 [Full text]

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Trying to knit fog? bmj.bmjjournals.com/cgi/eletters/330/7488/419-b#101180, 22 March 2005 [Full text]

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Trying to knit fog? bmj.bmjjournals.com/cgi/eletters/330/7488/419-b#102264, 2 April 2005 [Full text]

The cost of regulating the pharmaceutical industry. bmj.bmjjournals.com/cgi/eletters/330/7496/855#104104, 17 April 2005 [Full text]

Wider implications of the Blofeld report. pb.rcpsych.org/cgi/eletters/29/9/321#506, 13 September 2005 [Full text]

Cannabis and brain disorder. bmj.bmjjournals.com/cgi/eletters/332/7534/172#126727, 23 January 2006 [Full text]

Minds are enabled but not reducible to brains. bjp.rcpsych.org/cgi/eletters/188/4/301#1075, 12 April 2006 [Full text]

The chemical imbalance theory is only a theory. bjp.rcpsych.org/cgi/eletters/189/2/188-b#1201, 3 August 2006 [Full text]

Patient-centred prescribing. bmj.bmjjournals.com/cgi/eletters/333/7566/459#140891, 3 September 2006 [Full text] [BMJ comment]

Creating consensus in psychiatry. http://pb.rcpsych.org/content/30/9/344/e-letters#creating-consensus-in-psychiatry, 6 September 2006 [Full text]

The mental health 'tsar's views on homicide by psychiatric patients. bmj.com/cgi/eletters/333/7580/1188-a#151214, 11 December 2006 [Full text]

Drug makers continue free lunches. bmj.com/cgi/eletters/334/7584/64-a#154597, 19 January 2007 [Full text]

Schizophrenia cannot be justified as brain pathology. bmj.com/cgi/eletters/334/7585/108#155651, 29 January 2007 [Full text]

RD Laing's merit. bmj.com/cgi/eletters/334/7586/211-a#156581, 2 February 2007 [Full text]

Clinical governance can become oppressive. bmj.com/cgi/eletters/334/7591/436#161444, 5 March 2007 [Full text]

Making sense of the government's motivation for reform of the Mental Health Act. bmj.com/cgi/eletters/334/7594/596#163034, 27 March 2007 [Full text]

An overemphasis on public safety can be counterproductive. bmj.com/cgi/eletters/334/7597/761-b#163944, 16 April 2007 [Full text]

Ethics of giving information by doctors, 11 May 2007 [Full text]

It is important not to make recommendations beyond the evidence. pb.rcpsych.org/cgi/eletters/31/5/161#1700, 16 May 2007 [Full text]

Substance and spin in the NHS. bmj.com/cgi/eletters/334/7602/1030#166607, 25 May 2007 [Full text]

Re: Tooke report. bmj.com/cgi/eletters/335/7623/737#178024, 12 October 2007
[Full text]

Re: Tooke report - Workplace assessment needs to be improved. bmj.com/cgi/eletters/335/7623/733#178171, 16 October 2007 [Full text]

Are we repeating the worst excesses of the asylums? bmj.com/cgi/eletters/336/7640/340#190544, 17 February 2008 [Full text]

Telling the antidepressant story, 1 March 2008 [Full text]

Why is the effect size [in antidepressant trials] so small? 8 March 2008 [Full text]

Re: Placebolotherapy, 4 May 2008 [Full text]

Re: Re: Will patients given placebos be expected to benefit from a placebo effect?, 7 May 2008 [Full text]

Re: Craddock et al - Wake up call for British psychiatry. bjp.rcpsych.org/cgi/eletters/193/1/6#21348, 30 July 2008 [Full text]

It's heroic to get rid of checklists. bmj.com/cgi/eletters/338/jan22_1/b238#208565, 11 February 2009 [Full text]

This week the [BMJ] print copy carried a Pfizer advert. bmj.com/cgi/eletters/338/jan22_1/b238#208699, 13 February 2009 [Full text]

No brave new world for placebo 1 May 2009 [Full text]

Critical psychiatry seeks to avoid the polarisation engendered by anti-psychiatry. pb.rcpsych.org/cgi/eletters/33/7/243#7251, 10 July 2009 [Full text]

It's rude to argue? bmj.com/cgi/eletters/340/may19_2/c2480#239747, 2 August 2010 [Full text]

Was the blind compromised? Reply to Maintenance treatment with quetiapine versus discontinuation after one year of treatment in patients with remitted first episode psychosis: randomised controlled trial, 31 August 2010 [Full text]

Professional responsibility for competent patients. Reply to Mentally disordered or lacking capacity? Lessons for management of serious deliberate self harm, 7 September 2010 [Full text]

Whistling in the wind. pb.rcpsych.org/cgi/eletters/35/5/183#10907, 23 May 2011 [Full text]

Any qualified provider will still start in April 2012. Reply to The Future Forum proposes major changes to the government’s plans for NHS reform, 16 June 2011 [Full text]

An accepted expedient of public administration. Reply to Department of Health is not interested in improving quality, inquiry is told, 16 June 2011 [Full text]

Psychiatrists should be well trained in psychopharmacology. Response to No psychiatry without psychopharmacology, 2 November 2011 [Full text]

Complacency about medical suspensions. Response to Doctors’ suspensions and exclusions rise but are processed faster, 2 November 2011 [Full text]

Re: Response by Jonathan Howell. Response to Government uses new method to judge performance of hospitals to try to prevent “gaming” of system, 7 December 2011 [Full text]

Re: Psychoanalysis can seriously damage your health, 4 June 2012 [Full text]

Barriers to expressing concern about inquiries into homicide by psychiatric patients. Response to Barriers to whistleblowing in the NHS, 15 October 2012 [Full text]

Re: Are antidepressants overprescribed? No, 29 January 2013 [Full text]

The challenge of reducing and stopping antidepressants. Response to Are antidepressants overprescribed? Yes, 28 January 2013 [Full text]

Is the media distorting findings about antidepressant effectiveness?, 30 January 2013 [Full text]

Were there needless deaths at Stafford Hospital? Response to Culture change: Robert Francis’s prescription for the NHS, 17th February 2013 [Full text]

Misuse of disciplinary action against doctors. Response to Whistleblowing in the NHS, 8 May 2015 [Full text]

Reply to 'The myth of Critical Psychiatry'. Eletters for 'Twenty years of the Critical Psychiatry Network'. [Full text]

Has psychiatry really moved on from its radical reductionism? 26th November 2020 [Full text]

Reversing reinstitutionalisation in a reformed Mental Health Act. Response to Proposed reforms of the Mental Health Act, 28 May 2021 [Full text]




Book review of Outside the walls of the asylum. The history of care in the community 1750-2000 (1999) by P Bartlett & D Wright (eds). Openmind 1999; 100:27

Book review of Users and abusers of psychiatry: a critical look at psychiatric practice (2000) (Second edition) by L Johnstone .Clinical Psychology Forum 2000; 143: 33-4

Book review of Pharmacracy. Medicine and politics in America (2001) by TS Szasz. Journal of Critical Psychology, Counselling and Psychotherapy 2001; 1: 280-2

Critical psychiatry webguide. Royal College of Psychiatrists [Cache]

Book review of The anti-depressant fact book (2001) by PR Breggin. Metapsychology Online Review: 8 December 2001 [Full text]

Book review of Great feuds in medicine (2001) by Hal Hellman. Human Nature Review 2002; 2: 130-131 [Full text]

Book review of Commonsense rebellion - Debunking psychiatry, confronting society (2001) by Bruce E Levine. Metapsychology Online Review: 25 May 2002 [Full text]

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