Banned by the BMJ


“Banned by the BMJ” sung to the tune of “Born in the USA” by Bruce Springsteen


Removing references to forced treatment, seclusion and post-traumatic stress disorder, and links to patient blogs describing experiences of poor care, is to reduce a piece on coercion in psychiatry to a sanitised grumble about poor food, thin curtains and the wrong type of tea.


This afternoon, I was informed by the British Medical Journal that, despite us having worked on a piece since September, it would not be published in the 7 November issue without the following deletions:



“… and avoid being assaulted. I was repeatedly medicated by force. I have since been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.”



“I was repeatedly subjected to forced treatment, as a first resort. I was locked in seclusion with no water, no food, no access to a toilet and no…

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