Category Archives: Drugs

Barbiturates then and now

In December 2020 I wrote a post about psychiatrist Kenneth Milner and his use of the barbiturate sodium amytal on children at Aston Hall. I was struck, in reading the police report on Aston Hall Hospital, by comments made by … Continue reading

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Aston Hall: another case from the past

In my previous post I wrote about the verdict in a legal case in Australia where two doctors, or rather a doctor and a former doctor, who had practised deep sleep treatment at Chelmsford Private Hospital in the 1960s and … Continue reading

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Antidepressant prescribing in England 2019/2020

The National Health Service Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) has recently (September 2020) published statistics on medicines used in mental health in the community in England from 2015/16 to 2019/20.  According to the report:  76.3 million antidepressant items were prescribed in … Continue reading

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