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Monday, June 20, 2011

Are The Wheels Coming Off Patrick McGorry's DeLorean?

Biff Tannen and Psychiatrist Graham Burrows.One of them has delusions about going back in time... the other is Biff Tannen.

Back in May I highlighted Melbourne psychiatrist Graham "Biff Tannen" Burrows. Burrows had testified that Arthur Freeman, who threw his 4 year old daughter off the West Gate Bridge, had a "major despondent disorder" so he did not know what he was doing. Remarkably Burrows had been able to diagnose the mental state of someone 14 months back in time. Yup, that's right, Burrows had used the DeLorean to diagnose a patient... by going back in time by 14 months.

In my article, 'Patrick McGorry's Delorean Pulls Over For New Passenger', I highlighted the serious conflict of interests that surround Burrows:

Burrows is chairman of the Mental Health Foundation (founded in Melbourne Uni's Department of Psychiatry in 81); a department that receives funding from AstraZeneca, Servier and Pfizer. Burrows has also received travel assistance to attend Advisory Board meetings from most companies that market psychotropics in Australia.

Burrows is also the director of psychiatry at Austin Hospital in Melbourne where in 2006 the parents of a 30 year old man had to get a barrister to force the hospital to release him after the parents questioned the psychiatrists putting him on Zyprexa: [The parents won the legal battle to stop the psychiatrists "stripping them of all their rights to look after him."

The Mental Health Foundation issues press releases about the advantages of specific antidepressants: like Remeron [Avanza in Australia] and made by Organon.

In 2004, both Burrows and Patrick McGorry sat on the Advisory Board on Mental Health to advise the Victorian government on funding [Source]

It should come as no surprise then to learn that Burrows is now the subject of a major medical scandal in Australia. Calls for a government inquiry in to claims of over medicating and conflicts of interests involving drug companies.

This from 7 News Australia

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Psychiatrist Patrick McGorry Slams His Critics [Diddums]

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Pre-Mental Disorder Screening & Drugging - THE PHARMACEUTICAL DELOREAN

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Patrick McGorry's "Back to the Future" 2008 Study

Australian Doctor Magazine Sees Patrick McGorry Defend His Position

Australian Member of Parliament, Martin Whitely, also speaks out against McGorry's Headspace initiative HERE.