James Baldwin on Psychiatry

"I am far from convinced that being released from the African witch doctor was worthwhile if I am now—in order to support the moral contradictions and the spiritual aridity of my life—expected to become dependent on the American psychiatrist."   Read this and then read him

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Breast Cancer isn’t Pink

Tackling a racial gap in breast cancer survival is an article on the New York Times website that draws attention to the detail, Despite 20 years of pink ribbon awareness campaigns and numerous advances in medical treatment that have sharply improved survival rates for women with breast cancer in the United States, the vast majority of... Continue Reading →

Excellent Resource at the Wellcome Library

The Medical Officer of Health Reports for London, from 1848 to 1972, provide statistical data about births, deaths and diseases and give historians a unique insight into day-to-day life in the capital. They have been photographed cover-to-cover and turned into text using Optical Character Recognition (OCR). They are arranged by date and by borough, and... Continue Reading →

Victims of FGM and charities that fight against it must be involved in government eradication efforts

Today, on International Women’s Day, David Cameron is set to announce the largest international investment ever to fight Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). Earlier this week Lynne Featherstone MP laid out ambitious plans to eradicate FGM within a generation. But this Government initiative - a hugely welcome one - must not forget the long-running efforts of... Continue Reading →

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