Storyshucker Stu Perkins On The Magic Happens Radio Talk Show

Save Our Monarchs!

So I had to rush home today from my office to hear Stu Perkins (Storyshucker) on the Magic Happens radio show. I only missed a few minutes but was able to catch everything because it’s recorded, of course. Listening to Storyshucker Stu Perkins on Tell Me a Story by The Magic Happens Hey, listen […]

American Delirium Society Annual Meeting 2016!

American Delirium Society

This is a shout-out about the American Delirium Society (ADS) 2016 meeting, which will be held in Nashville, Tennessee June 1-3, 2016. The theme is “Improving Care Through the Integration of Science and Policy.” Those interested in presenting can download  the call for proposals here. Proposals for symposia, workshops and roundtables should be submitted by September 14, […]

Demoralization: What If Antidepressants Are Not The Final Answer?

Owl winking

So I watched a very interesting show about owls and how well adapted they are to their environment, specifically as predators. Their eyes take up a lot more space than brain in their skulls compared to humans and their hearing is aided by their satellite dish shaped head feather arrangement. Further, they can fly silently, […]

Catatonia: What If There’s No Psychiatric Consultant In The House?

"Relegating this work entirely to specialists is futile for it is doubtful whether there will ever be a sufficient number of psychiatrists to respond to all the requests for consultations. There is, therefore, no alternative to educating other physicians in the elements of psychiatric methods."--George W. Henry, MD, 1929

I just finished reading the catatonia monograph on the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine (APM) web site. I wondered if, in a hospital without access to a consulting psychiatrist, if an internist could apply some of the practical recommendations in it, especially since many cases of catatonia arise from medical causes and the presentation is essentially identical […]

Make Way for the Learners


All resident psychiatrists undergo periodic assessments of their patient interviewing and diagnostic skills called Clinical Skills Evaluations (CSEs) which allows experienced faculty to directly observe them conduct psychiatric evaluations of patients unknown to either the teacher or the learner. It’s a vital part of training the next generation of doctors, in whom I have great […]