Category: Medical Ethics

Peter Gøtzsche: Forced admission and forced treatment in psychiatry causes more harm than good

By Peter C. Gøtzsche, Professor, MD, DrMedSci, MSc. 8 March 2016 “Forced treatment in psychiatry as we currently know it cannot be defended, neither on ethical, legal or scientific grounds. Ethically, the patients’ values and preferences are not being respected, although the fundamental human right to equal recognition before the law applies to everyone, also…

LIV Congreso Colombiano de Psiquiatría 2015 – Armenia, Colombia | @ACPPsiquiatria

Curso precongreso: "@ACPPsiquiatria Consecuencias Psicológicas de la Tortura" - ¿es en serio? … comencemos: https://t.co/bOypy0enYx pic.twitter.com/s8zrqT36TL — Jorge Ramirez (@Jor_H_R) November 3, 2015 — [ . . . ] “Medical associations from Colombia have publicly declared several times their opposition to a compulsory declaration of conflict of interests by physicians working in Colombia. Nonetheless, these medical associations…

Boundary violations and departments of psychiatry.

Abstract OBJECTIVE: To explore a number of issues related to boundary violations in psychiatry, including the relationship between the individual physician and his or her patient and broader issues related to various dilemmas arising in academic departments of psychiatry. METHOD: Several potentially troublesome scenarios are presented and discussed in the contexts of 1) the doctor-patient relationship,…

Déjà vu: psychiatry and the Third Reich.

[ . . . ] “Before his departure from Germany, Hess had given his adjutant, Karlheinz Pintsch, a letter addressed to Hitler that detailed his intentions to open peace negotiations with the British. Pintsch delivered the letter to Hitler at the Berghof around noon on 11 May. Albert Speer later said Hitler described Hess’s departure as…

Psychiatry and Torture

World Psychiatry. 2006 Jun; 5(2): 94–95. Daryl Matthews. University of Hawaii, Manoa, HI, USA See also the article “Forensic psychiatry: contemporary scope, challenges and controversies” (vol. 5 -p87) “I would like to add to Julio Arboleda- Flórez’s excellent discussion of the problem of psychiatric participation in interrogations. There is considerable international support for asking psychiatrists and…

Young Jurks Podcast 12/6/14 Discussing Massachusetts Physician Health Services

Originally posted on Disrupted Physician:
Some words of the radio interviewer before Dr. Langan begins to talk (around at 5:30) : American Association of Addiction Medicine = “It is like a rehabilitation drug-industrial complex” Physician Health Services and Addiction Medicine = “There is a group of doctors who might not be really doctors, I don’t know how to call them”…

“The World of – – – – – – Psychiatry”

THE WORLD OF SOVIET PSYCHIATRY By Walter Reich Published: January 30, 1983 The New York Times URL: http://www.nytimes.com/1983/01/30/magazine/the-world-of-soviet-psychiatry.html . . . — …”The need for psychiatric care is more likely to be seen as a cause for shame. Treatment there emphasizes medication rather than talk.”… "In the Soviet Union, need for psych care is a cause…

Dear @UnivalleCol: “A totally honest organization would never hide or disguise actions or stonewall.” — Brian Martin

via – “@Univalle_FSalud: Comuníquese con el Decano” Re: “Tu comentario está pendiente de moderación.” & – The Universal Declaration of Human Rights: which articles were violated by @Univalle_FSalud? Addendum: “On first glance, political abuse of psychiatry appears to represent a straightforward and uncomplicated story: the deployment of medicine as an instrument of repression. Psychiatric incarceration of mentally…

Corruption: the role of bystanders

…”My thinking on this is inspired by a recent book by eminent sociologist Stanley Cohen, States of Denial: Knowing about Atrocities and Suffering (Polity Press, 2001). Cohen systematically analyses processes of denial by both individuals and governments. The book is impressive in its scope and insight. I can only introduce a few ideas from it here. Cohen…