Medicine and Society
Notes on the interface of medicine, society, psychiatry and public health
Monday, January 6, 2014
Medicalizing Misery and the Loss of Social Suffering
The real money always lay not in convincing sick people they were ill, but well people they were sick Throughout the 1990s,...
Monday, May 13, 2013
Does DSM-5 Matter? Yes, but not to Psychiatrists.
It is an open secret that most psychiatrists do not use the DSM. Read the news and you ...
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Prescribing Masturbation: An Idea Whose Time Has Come (Again)
Should vibrators be available on prescription and covered by healthcare plans? Masturbatio...
Thursday, January 17, 2013
The Problem with PTSD
By wedding traumatic experiences to PTSD we have de-emphasized the role of trauma in other for...
Monday, December 3, 2012
The Denial of Pain and Mortality: Or, the Art of Self-Prescribing and the Philosopher’s Stone
I couldn’t help but feel that as a physician I had been trained to be an archetypal overreacher l...
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Suckling Pigs, Stray Dogs, and Psychiatric Diagnoses
By defining the unknown, and classifying psychopathology, we bring an element of knowability t...
Sunday, June 24, 2012
Chemical Imbalances and Other Black Unicorns
Like a black unicorn we have created a dangerous mythology in promoting the idea mental il...
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