Monday, December 3, 2012

A list of well-meaning people

"A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it."
Thomas Kuhn on paradigm shifts, using a quote from Max Planck
In that spirit: may these well-meaning people – who are unfortunately unable to see the light – continue to live a long life, during which they shall be rightfully ignored by patients, by society and by the scientific community alike, until they die of old age.
  • Professor Michael Sharpe, University of Oxford
  • Professor Peter White, Queen Mary University of London
  • Dr Esther Crawley, Reader in Child Health, University of Bristol
  • Professor Stephen Holgate CBE, MRC Clinical Professor of
    Immunopharmacology, University of Southampton
  • Professor Rona Moss-Morris, Head of Health Psychology, King's College London
  • Dr Charlotte Feinmann, Reader, UCL
  • Professor Hugo Critchley, Chair in Psychiatry, Brighton and Sussex
    Medical School
  • Dr Brian Angus, Reader in Infectious Diseases, Nuffield Department of
    Medicine, University of Oxford
  • Dr Steven Reid, Clinical Director for Psychological Medicine, Central
    and North West London NHS Foundation Trust
  • Professor Patrick Doherty, Professor of Rehabilitation, York St John University
  • Professor Paul Little, Professor of Primary Care Research, University
    of Southampton
  • Dr Maurice Murphy, HIV Consultant, Barts Health NHS Trust
  • Professor Tim Peto, Consultant in Infectious Diseases and General
  • Medicine, Nuffield Department of Medicine, University of Oxford
  • Professor Sir Mansel Aylward, Chair, Public Health Wales, Cardiff University
  • Dr Alastair Miller, Consultant Physician, Royal Liverpool University Hospital
  • Professor Diane Cox, Professor of Occupational Therapy, University of Cumbria
  • Professor Jonathan Sterne, Professor of Medical Statistics and
    Epidemiology, University of Bristol
  • Dr Margaret May, Reader in Medical Statistics, University of Bristol
  • Professor George Davey-Smith, Professor of Clinical Epidemiology,
    University of Bristol
  • Dr Jade Thai, Senior Research Fellow, University of Bristol
  • Dr Gabrielle Murphy, Clinical Lead Physician, Fatigue Service, Royal
    Free London NHS Foundation Trust
  • Dr Hazel O'Dowd, Consultant Clinical Psychologist and CFS/ME Team
    Leader, Frenchay Hospital Bristol
  • Dr Brian Marien, Director, Positive Health
  • Professor Willie Hamilton, Professor of Primary Care Diagnostics,
    University of Exeter
  • Dr Selwyn Richards, Consultant Rheumatologist, Poole Hospital NHS Trust
  • Professor Alison Wearden, Professor of Health Psychology, University
    of Manchester
  • Professor Trudie Chalder, Department of Psychological Medicine, King's
    College London.
And last, but not least, I wish the same to Professor Simon Wessely.

And please, don't harass these fine scientists or their respected institutions, don't write to them, don't talk to them, don't listen to them, do not give them a platform to spread their insidious ideas and do not set foot in their institutions – refraining from these activities will be the best for all involved.

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