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Rapid response to:

Editor's Choice

A tough nut to crack

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 27 January 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:0-h

Rapid Response:

Re: Protecting Editorial Integrity through Responsibility and Resolve

I feel acute despair that any perseverance is futile in the wake of
products, treatments, therapies and pharmaceuticals derived from research
based on the corruption of reproducible science that is biopsychiatry, but
I'm still an advocate for ephemeral hope. Without an honest investigation
into the foundational knowledge that has been buried by psychiatry for two
centuries, “the passion that drives the arguments for full disclosure and
transparency” will be corrupted into the service of sales for false hope
cloaking the stick of displaced fears, masking lies of our shallowness,
stuck on tremendous power, but empty of creativity. A war on reality, the
true basis for psychiatric theory, practice and research into “mental
illness” can only result in the criminalization and repression of the
“mentally ill.” In her article Hope at Midnight Rebecca Solnit wrote,
“(t)hose with a stake in the status quo are there to protect the center
not just from assault, but from imagination and transformation. But change
will come anyway … And besides which, if you give up, you'll hate yourself
in the morning.”

Competing interests:
Psychiatric Consumer-Survivor X-Patient Self-Advocate

Competing interests: No competing interests

07 February 2005
Kathleen (Katie) M. Hill
Welfare Recipient
L8L 2P2