Letter: Plea for sanity

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The Independent Online
Sir: In his review of my book, Staying Sane - how to make your mind work for you (27 September) Michael Church's description of my approach as a "quack doctor" is a serious allegation.

For the record, besides my medical qualification, I hold seven other degrees and diplomas, plus several prizes and awards for my medical research work, and my current appointment is as an NHS consultant psychiatrist in a prestigious London teaching hospital.

In Staying Sane I have drawn on over 700 of the latest international research journal papers on topics ranging from the correct vitamin and mineral intake to the role of spirituality in mental health (chapters which Mr Church did not seem to get to).


Consultant Psychiatrist

The Maudsley

Croydon Mental Health Service

West Croydon,