Monday, April 14, 2008

Are Human Brains Unique?

4/14/08. Michael Gazzaniga, Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Santa Barbara and head of the SAGE Center for the Study of the Mind addresses this question. Professor Gazzaniga is a distinguished neuroscientist, gifted teacher, and mentor to many students. He is the author of award winning books such as The Social Brain, Mind Matters, and Nature's Mind.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

My Friend Benny

4/10/08. My friend Benny recently told me: "Thank God for the institution of marriage --- otherwise we'd be fighting with strangers." Benny was born on 10/10/10 --- lives alone, has many interests, loves sports, good food, cherishes his family and friends, and has the best sense of humor of any human being I know (scroll to page 10 on link). In this article I refer to George Vaillant. Dr. Vaillant is a Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard, and spent his life charting adult development. His many books include The Natural History of Alcoholism, and Aging Well.

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Women and ADHD

4/6/08. This is my letter to the American Psychological Association's Monitor on Psychology about women and Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. On the link, scroll down to "Women and ADHD."

The Way We Age Now

4/6/08. Atul Gawande is a general surgeon at the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, and an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School. He is the author of two books: Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science; and Better, a Surgeon's Notes on Performance.

What the New Atheists Don't See

4/6/08. Theodore Dalrymple is a British psychiatrist and writer who has most recently practiced in a British inner-city hospital and prison. He is the author of three books: Life at the Bottom; Our Culture, What's Left of It; and Romancing Opiates. Pharmacological Lies and the Addiction Bureaucracy. " These books are a collection of his essays --- incisive, impatient with humbug, and thought-provoking, controversial observations.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Psychiatric Misadventures

4/1/08. This article is one of my favorites. Paul McHugh, M.D., former long-time chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins, writes about common errors in psychiatric thinking.