Archive for November, 2012

Please Put Your Political Point-Scoring Aside & Get Smart on Crime, Rather than “Tough on Crime”

Posted in MEDICOPOLITICS, WAR ON DRUGS with tags , , , on November 24, 2012 by drjgelb

The Hon. Premier
Dear Sir,

Below is a link to a video of an experienced Californian Superior Court Judge, making the case for the legalisation of Cannabis & it’s control & regulation by the State.

Please listen to the information he is imparting & recognise that there is broad consensus on these facts as having been scientifically proven.

I have asked you to engage with me on this issue but apart from your initial response, which I responded to promptly, I have only received form letters from your staff. I am a 54yr old Psychiatrist & I have never smoked cannabis. I smoked a couple of cigarettes in front of my parents, at their insistence, when I was 12yrs old and hated it and I rarely drink. I am an highly trained & experienced medical specialist. Can I ask why you would choose not to talk with me, even completely informally, about addiction & the failure of the legal system to successfully manage this problem. I have extensive experience psychiatrically assessing offenders of all types & providing reports to the courts in Qld, NSW & Victoria. I was at Junee Jail on Thursday, once again hearing disaster after disaster of people’s lives shattered by the inability to receive treatment for their addictions, when their illness causes them to offend again to gain access to the drug they crave. Once in jail, only one simplistic course is offered & no psychotherapy or expert pharmacotherapy can be obtained.

I also happen to have been a Liberal voter all my adult life & I have strongly advocated for Liberal principles to anyone whose faulty logic or wishful thinking causes them to support the other team. Surely Mr Premier, Sir, you must by now wish to avoid confining your thinking to outdated hypotheses & continue to incarcerate dope users. If you would like to even have a brief chat, you would at least discover that I’m genuine in my desire to put an end to the numerous biopsychosocial losses incurred by Victorians with substance abuse and that I’m not in any way difficult to talk with!

By the way, I’m a very busy person & don’t wish to waste your time or mine.

Yours sincerely,

Consultant Psychiatrist


A Thoughtful Thank You

Posted in PRACTICE with tags , , , on November 14, 2012 by drjgelb
On 13/11/2012, at 3:22 PM

Dr Gelb
I am writing to commend you on the report that you prepared for the VRB on D’s medical condition of bipolar disorder.
The report is very well written and proves a clear and very accurate summary of the impact that the condition has on D and our family.
It has been a rough road for D but I trust that following consideration of your report, that the Board will now direct that D be compensated appropriately in line with the severity of his condition and its impact on his life.
Thank you very much.
Best wishes

Scientific Misconduct

Posted in SCIENTIFIC MISCONDUCT with tags , on November 5, 2012 by drjgelb

Posted by: Criminalise Misconduct | 05/11/2012 | 03:16 pm

If the experience of a colleague of mine is any indication, getting anyone to take research misconduct seriously is an impossibility. When University investigation, Parliamentary Ombudsman & National Academy of Medicine ignore the provision by the authors of 3 false references as justification for a protocol that doubled the Ethics Committee approved dosage of a study drug & the published paper contains text that bears no resemblance to the graphs provided, one has reason to worry. But when the Editor in Chief of the Cochrane Collaboration not only ignores the misconduct but tells the complainant that the discussion is over & the Editor of The Lancet posts derogatory Tweets about both the complainant & the British Press Council that investigated The Lancet’s refusal to make good on a promised right of reply, then we should realise that we are in the midst of a serious crisis that threatens to destroy public trust in Medical Science. The answer to Research Misconduct? Treat it as we do fraud & treat lying to investigating authorities as perjury, complete with the appropriate Criminal penalties. Anything less is akin to shifting the deck-chairs on the Titanic!

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