Three interesting articles


FT weekend – Matthew Engle – Why it’s time to end the war on drugs
31 July 2009

Guardian Comment is Free  – Richard Bentall- Diagnoses are psychiatry’s star signs.  Let’s do more and drug people less
31 August 2009

and response:

Guardian Comment is Free – Tom Burns – Psychiatry may be imprecise – but don’t call it astrology
3 September 2009

Actually,  here’s a fourth one:

Observer Magazine – Simon Garfield – Porn addicts, sex offenders, rapists, paedophiles
23 November 2008

Psychiatry bites: The Peter Principle and State of Mind

This week I’ve been learning about the Peter Principle which is, shortly stated:

Anything that works will be used in progressively more challenging applications until it fails

Or in an organisation:

In a hierarchically structured administration, people tend to be promoted up to their level of incompetence

Read more: How stuff works


There’s an interesting programme on Radio 4 this week

Here’s the blurb:

Claudia Hammond charts the development of mental health care in the UK from the 1950s until today, to ask where we are now, and where we’re going. Will the stigma of mental illness ever be entirely removed?

Programmes are:

Altered states
Total institution