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Letters Mental illness treatments

Evidence for drugs in mental illness is flawed

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 12 July 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d4381
  1. Noel Thomas, general practitioner1
  1. 1Maesteg, Bridgend, UK
  1. nthomas{at}

The loss of research into drug treatments for mental illness is ironic when more doubt is being expressed about the reliability of research that has encouraged the prescription, or over-prescription, of psychotropics to countless people at huge cost.1

Marcia Angell, an editor of the New England Journal of Medicine for many years, recently reviewed three books that discuss the …

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