Perspectives

The CMJ reviews the GIANT Health Event 2017

doi:10.7244/cmj.2017.12.001
Jonathan C. M. Wan, Benjamin Beresford-Jones, Uddhav Vaghela

We attended the GIANT Health Event 2017 on the 29th November as press. Entering the former brewery situated on Brick Lane itself, the conference had a distinctly industrial feel, with stalls in the centre of the conference hall, with makeshift stages scattered throughout the building. First impressions aside, we felt that the venue was oddly fitting, and had a good feel to it. We were struck by the high-quality speakers on artificial intelligence (AI) on the main stage, who were clearly driven by a motivation to use novel tech and algorithms to improve patients’ lives, for example, through the Emma, a wearable device for individuals with Parkinson’s disease.

The contribution of psychology to our present understanding of schizophrenia

doi:10.7244/cmj.2017.07.004
Marta Isibor

Schizophrenia can be described in two ways. One perspective is a life-long devastating brain disease whereas the alternative is a distress resulting from difficult experiences which can be often successfully managed. The difference in the mere definition is not banal as it illuminates deeper discrepancies in current approaches to mental health.

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