Changing Minds and Mental Health

What happens when people change their minds? In this lecture, forensic psychiatrist Professor Gwen Adshead will offer a historical perspective on changing minds, starting with a discussion of the role of medicine in changing minds. She will discuss the move from changing behaviour to changing thinking, and changing stories; and how modern mental health services […]

Placebo: making evidence-based medicine bad for you

The placebo effect is like a slightly embarrassing trick you play on someone who’s never heard it before. There’s no deception that makes a person look so gullible or so much of a hypochondriac as to bring them back to health with a treatment that does nothing at all. However, although it’s still debated, the […]

Reiki? Really?

In the foothills of Mount Kurama a man meditates. He has been there for 21 days. Suddenly, he has a revelation. From this quiet beginning in 1922 the practice of reiki was born. Since then, it has evolved and found itself keeping company with treatments such as homeopathy and acupuncture in modern complementary medicine. The […]