In January 2007 was when I first wrote about Lisa Blakemore Brown – she was being prosecuted by the British Psychological Society (BPS) at the time regarding her alleged lack of fitness to practice psychology due to “paranoia”:
But what about Doctors who don’t want to tow the Big Pharma line, or worse still, find themselves at odds with the medical establishment? Take the case of the psychologist Lisa Blakemore Brown, a specialist in Autism, ADHD & Aspergers. Blakemore Brown has been involved on the “wrong side” of the debate about the psychiatric disorder Munchausen syndrome by proxy (MSbP), maintaining that many parents have been falsely accused of injuring their children. There have been high-profile releases from jail of women such as Angela Canning. MSbP is a disorder in which an adult invents or deliberately creates a child’s illness to draw attention to themselves. She has challenged prominent doctors such as Sir Roy Meadows and Professor David Southall who, in her view, have promulgated a wholly inappropriate approach to scientific evidence. She has irritated pharmaceutical companies. But instead of debate Lisa has encountered its very opposite. The abuse of science goes right into the heart of a prominent professional body. Her colleagues have stood by in silence.
To learn more about this case, please go to Scientific Misconduct and read in detail what the celebrated whistleblower Dr. Aubrey Blumsohn and others have to say on this worrying case. This is about the distortion of scientific debate, most particularly by powerful forces in medicine. It is about the way in which industry, professional bodies, government regulators and powerful individuals collude to prevent scientific debate and to victimise those asking difficult questions. It is about the way those entrusted with authority behave.
Just the other day, over at Clinical Psychology and Psychiatry I noticed there has been an important development in the case as the BPS have written to Blakemore Brown:
“The Complaints Committee therefore found no evidence of professional misconduct on you [sic] part. The matter is now closed as regards to the Society.”
Read more about this over at Scientific Misconduct.
I presume that in a case like this the BPS will now be drafting an apology to Lisa Blakemore Brown and as they found no evidence of misconduct they will now be looking closely at the people and organisations who made the wild claims in the first place…
What do you think?