Psychology

Mike Tremblay November 5, 2019

This is another article in my continuing commentary on market access and politics. The focus in this case is to look more closely at behaviours of people involved from government, industry and healthcare. Occupying these roles are people who bring their own psychological perspective to how they apply their knowledge and skills to their work. […]

Mike Tremblay January 19, 2017

Healthcare systems are often seen as requiring an economy of scale. This in part is a function of how prevalent diseases are, such that in some small countries they would have one case in 2 years, rather than one case per million of population. Healthcare technologies can be incredibly pricey; for instance, a proton therapy […]

mike tremblay December 23, 2015

Marion Milner, a celebrated child psychoanalyst wrote of her own creative anxieties in her book On Not Being Able to Paint (Heineman, 1950, but still available). Fear is embedded in much of the writing on creativity, mainly because creativity is a public expression of internal life. It is a form of exposure, and ever mindful […]

mike tremblay November 19, 2014

“where do you go to my lovely when you’re alone in your bed?” (title from the song with lyrics by Peter Sarstedt, 1969, listen to it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BRDaeLs69i4 ) Originally publised in Art of England, Issue 76, 2011. Reproduced with permission. Fantasy, imagination and dreaming have been acknowledged sources of artistic inspiration as well as […]

mike tremblay November 19, 2014

“Dirt!” Originally published in Art of England, Issue 83, 2011. Reproduced with permission. In the film Amadeus, Salieri says of Mozart that it was like he was taking dictation from God. Most of us know the difference between talking the talk and walking the walk. It is not about dictation, but hard graft. Work can […]

Mike Tremblay October 12, 2014

Ebola  is really quite a horrible little bit of DNA. Its route to humans is via the fruit bat and between humans through body fluids. So much for the public health model. The virus is taking advantage of humans with poor lifestyle, illiteracy, folk medicine, weak healthcare systems and lack of awareness. If it is […]

Mike Tremblay October 8, 2014

Right now, there is the proposed NHS Reinstatement Bill, a lobby document which lays out a way to reverse many NHS reforms. This lobby document, which is what is it, is familiar reading, and brings back various structures that in the past have failed. You can find information on it at this link. What is […]

mike tremblay June 15, 2013

Aelita Andrea is very young and yet she is showing us what goes on in the mind of a child through her art. See her website here. No pictures for this one. You just have to go and enjoy the insight and enthusiasm she shows for her work. Likened to a young Jackson Pollock, some […]

mike tremblay November 19, 2011

“Frankenfolks” can be artists too!” Originally published in Art of England, Issue 86, 2011. Reproduced with permission. Are older people curiosities, especially the long-lived? Do we see them as ‘marvellous’ simply for their fact of survival. Perhaps instead, we trap others in the medico-social web of nursing homes, expensive end-of-life care, and dependency on others. […]

mike tremblay May 21, 2011

I subscribe to only one art magazine: Turps. Actually, I subscribe only to a few things anyway. I used to want to get one of each, like some artists who need to have one of each colour. Knowledge is different, and I guess the fear is that you’ll not be reading the right material when […]

mike tremblay December 28, 2010

Art of England (issue 66, 2010) has published a short piece of mine. It is some commentary on a conference in London on arts and health. This is an interesting area. Research is beginning to show that arts can have therapeutic value, can trigger memories in people with Alzheimer’s, or be of rehabilitative value in […]