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Challenging The Way Things Work

by Dr. Sarah Maxwell MA (Oxon) MB BS MRCPsych, Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist, Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust, Honorary Senior Lecturer UEA School of Medicine, Winston Churchill Fellow 2016  I confess that I was asked to write a blog about our Youth service set up by the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT)… Read more »

“Ought” and “Is”: The Empirical Neuroethics of Smart Drugs

by Meghana Vagwala, BeGOOD summer intern at the Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford “Work hard, play hard…” …is the unofficial campus credo of my home institution, Duke University. Though a well-intentioned motto, it has recently come under fire as being the byproduct of a competitive culture of “effortless perfection.” Such a culture commonly lowers… Read more »

Rights, Choices and the Law: Reflections on the ‘Policing Pregnancy’ Conference

On Wednesday 13th April I was fortunate enough to attend ‘Policing Pregnancy: A one-day conference on maternal autonomy, risk and responsibility’, held at the Royal College of Physicians, London. The conference examined current behavioral advice given to pregnant women – particularly concerning alcohol consumption and obesity – and how this advice reflects a growing tendency… Read more »

“I’m Sorry but You’re Just Not Thin Enough Yet” – The Urgent Need for Early Intervention in Anorexia Nervosa

by Nancy Tucker, author of The Time In Between: A Memoir of Hunger and Hope (Icon Books). If one books an appointment to have a suspicious lump, bump or mole examined by a doctor, one expects any untoward findings to lead to swift and purposeful intervention. At most GP surgeries, there exists a dedicated system… Read more »

Babies Behind Bars

How does spending the early years in prison impact upon a child’s life chances? And what are the alternatives? Prison Reform and the UK Government   A sad but true fact is that last year there were 100 babies in our county living in a prison […] When we know the importance of the early… Read more »