“Psychosomatic medicine and C-L psychiatry have traveled pari passu in a kind of symbiosis through the decades in more-or-less uncomfortable relationship to one another. But since the first identifiable C-L paper of George Henry preceded in 1929 the foundation of American psychosomatic medicine (1939), it seems proper to say that C-L psychiatry did not spring from psychosomatic medicine but may only have been enhanced by it in later years. Whatever their relative sequential developmental histories, there is little doubt that they are related.”—Don R. Lipsitt in Foundations of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry: The Bumpy Road to Specialization.

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Default Mode Network: Wandering

I’ve been mulling over the Default Mode Network (DMN) lately. What got me interested in the DMN was Dr. George Dawson’s Real Psychiatry blog post “Coffee Shop Neuroscience” published on October 22, 2016. Real Psychiatry: Coffee Shop Neuroscience Great post on the Default Mode Network — James Amos (@jamostheelder) November 29, 2016 The other […]

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Insurance Anyone?

I just heard Iowa Insurance Commissioner Nick Gerhart’s interview with NPR on the potential effects of the proposed repeal of Obamacare. Because he was summarizing a LinkedIn blog post he wrote about a week ago, I read that as well. His post is very well-thought out, as you would expect. I have a lot to […]


Name Change News!

I didn’t get a chance to make it to the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine (APM) meeting in Austin earlier this month but I’m excited about the news I just received about the name change poll. Great news! We’re changing the name of our specialty from Psychosomatic Medicine to…Ergasiology! No, I’m just kidding. Most specialists in […]


Once Branded And Now Rebranded

Well, because of internet shenanigans, my blog site and nearly all of my links had been branded and in less than 24 hours rebranded as safe now by Webroot BrightCloud Threat Intelligence Support. I say nearly all because for some unaccountable reason, the Scottish Delirium Association is still branded as a threat that “…there is some […]


What Do You Do When You’re Branded?

Here’s an announcement; my blog has just recently been branded by this warning: “WEBROOT- Reputation: MODERATE RISK When visiting this website there is some probability that you will be exposed to malicious links or payloads.” Traffic has always been light on my blog and this is not going to help. I’ve been thinking about what […]

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Let’s Talk About Continuous Loops and Broken Links

Like many of you I heard about the Surgeon General’s report on addiction, “Facing Addiction in America,” this week. My post today is going to contain as few links as possible, in view of the many broken links out there on the internet. I’ll get to Dr. Vivek Murthy’s report later. First, I’d like to […]

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What’s Wrong With MOC? Let Dr. Teirstein Answer.

What’s wrong with Maintenance of Certification (MOC)? Well, Dr. Paul Teirstein will tell you. Here’s a video of the October debate between Dr. Paul Teirstein, one of the leaders of the newly formed National Board of Physicians and Surgeons (NBPAS), the alternative to the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), and the President and CEO […]


Do We Need A Gnome Of Broken Internet Links?

OK, this is too good to pass up. We need a Gnome of Broken Internet Links to fix the problems I’ve been having lately. I’ve found broken links about delirium management on my posts about the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). I sent NICE an email message about it and got  a […]

Luisella Magnani

Announcement: 3rd Congress On Paediatric Palliative Care

Professor Luisella Magnani notified me that the 3rd Congress On Paediatric Palliative Care is being hosted in Rome from November 13-16, 2016. Luisella contributed her poster the-best-of-the-best. Luisella is also “…a valued and active member of the Advocacy Woring Group of the International Children’s Palliative Care Network (ICPCN) and of PALCHE (Palliative Care in Humanitarian Emergencies) […]

Jim Amos MD 7

Some NICE Delirium Guidelines Gone Away?

I’ve noticed that my top post list contains several which have dead links in them. They are the posts about the NICE guidelines for delirium. The posts are: “Delirium Awareness Workshop Tools from NICE Guidelines”–12/30/2011 “Delirium Podcast from the NICE Guidelines (also nice)”–12/29/2011 “Delirium Resources on the FLY: NICE Guidelines (and they are nice)”–12/28/2011 The […]


You Might As Well Vote

Voting is on the minds of most of us today because the big presidential election day is tomorrow, although millions have already voted, including me. This reminds me of my name change poll for choosing a name to replace “Psychosomatic Medicine.” The decision on that may be made at the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine (APM) […]

Bev Klug

New Mindfulness Programs: A Letter from Bev

“Mindfulness is simply being aware of what is happening right now without wishing it were different;  enjoying the pleasant without holding on when it changes (which it will);  being with the unpleasant without fearing it will always be this way (which it won’t).” – James Baraz, mindfulness teacher & author Greetings, I hope you are […]


Neuroscience Unchained or How to Make Play-Doh Brains

I just saw a post by Dr. George Dawson that made me think about neuroscience differently. He mentioned the National Neuroscience Curriculum Initiative (NNCI). I sometimes make fun of neuroscience, but it turns out the joke is on me because the people at NNCI make a pretty decent case for neuroscience being teachable and practical. […]

Luisella Magnani

Hats Off to Luisella Magnani for Poster for Hats On for Children’s Palliative Care

Because I’ve been on vacation most of this month, I’m well over a week late getting this poster out from Dr. Luisella Magnani for the Hats on for Children’s Palliative Care observance on October 14, 2016. This was to raise awareness of “the rights of very sick children with incurable and life-threatening illnesses to receive palliative care.” […]

Jim and Sena at SAM

Raining In Seattle And That’s OK

We just got back from our vacation trip to Seattle, which is Pacific Northwest native american dialect for “land of the broken umbrella.” It rained a lot but that didn’t stop us. We put around 25 miles in on the pedometer over the week we were there. We flew first class for the first time […]

John Clancy Teaching Award 2016 Amos

Stop Debating Competence and Foster A Culture of Excellence

Before the news gets too cold, I’d like to point out two excellent articles on Maintenance of Certification (MOC) for the trainees. One of them is a cross-specialty national survey of physician attitudes toward MOC recently published in the October issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings. The video below encapsulates the findings. Along with that is […]


Reflections On The Political Debate

As we reflected on the recent Presidential and Vice Presidential televised debates and anticipate the next one this Sunday, my wife mentioned an Independent Lens program called Best of Enemies she found out about as she was flipping through the TV channels, stopping briefly on the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). The link in the previous […]


CPCP: Antidepressant Use in Heart Failure by Pharmacy Student Christie Hart

We had an outstanding Clinical Problems in Consultation Psychiatry (CPCP) on heart failure and antidepressants today by Christie Hart, 2nd year psychiatric pharmacy resident. In fact, it’s one of the absolute best in recent memory because it exemplifies the importance of all of the core competencies, not just Practice-Based Learning and Self improvement. The Consultation-Liaison […]

Dr. Jenny Lind Porter in 2014

Farewell Casa Magni

I just finished watching a couple of video events tonight and it was just plain luck that they were broadcast one right after the other. One was the first presidential candidate debate at Hofstra University in New York. It definitely had the “Let’s get ready to rumble” hype ahead of it. You can decide if […]


ABPN MOC Delirium PIP Finally A Real Thing. Yeesssssss.

Remember that Maintenance of Certification Delirium Performance in Practice (PIP) tool? It’s a real thing now. It was approved about a year ago and it has finally been published on the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) website. One of our top residents, Dr. Emily Morse, D.O., helped me put this thing together. Yes, […]

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Spectacular Video from the GRECC: Agitation in the Hospitalized Older Patient

This is another one of those high-quality videos I posted about earlier, Spectacular Educational Videos by Department of Veterans Affairs « The Practical Psychosomaticist: James Amos, M.D. and which Dr. Nina Tumosa, PhD gave permission to post. This is Agitated Behaviors in Older Hospitalized Patients, an educational video from the Department of Veterans Affairs, Geriatric Research […]

Dr. Joseph Flaherty, MD

“TADA!” Tolerate, Anticipate, Don’t Agitate

“T-A-DA”stands for Tolerate behaviors that are challenging, but not dangerous; Anticipate needs of patients who are unable to communicate their needs; and Don’t Agitate patients who are cognitively incapable of processing the reasons why caregivers want to provide care for them which might be misunderstood. It’s taken from a paper written by Dr. Joseph Flaherty […]

Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Centers

A Spectacular Video from the GRECC: Agitation in the Older Nursing Home Resident

This is another one of those high-quality videos I posted about earlier, Spectacular Educational Videos by Department of Veterans Affairs « The Practical Psychosomaticist: James Amos, M.D. and which Dr. Nina Tumosa, PhD gave permission to post. This is Agitated Behaviors in Older Nursing Home Residents, an educational video from the Department of Veterans Affairs, Geriatric […]

Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Centers

Spectacular Video from the GRECC: Delirium, Quiet and Excited

Coming at you with another one of those pristine videos from the VA GRECC, and this one is about hypoactive and hyperactive delirium. This is an incredibly well-crafted educational resource and I thank Dr. Nina Tumosa, PhD for giving permission to post it. This is Delirium: Quiet and Excited, an educational video from the Department […]

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Dr. James J. Amos is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry in the UI Carver College of Medicine at The University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa. Dr. Amos received a B. S. degree in Distributed Studies (Zoology, Chemistry, and Microbiology) in 1985 from Iowa State University and an M.D. from The University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa in 1992. He completed his psychiatry residency, including a year as Chief Resident, in 1996 at the Department of Psychiatry at The University of Iowa. He has co-edited a practical book about consultation psychiatry with Dr. Robert G. Robinson entitled Psychosomatic Medicine: An Introduction to Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry. As a clinician educator, among Dr. Amos’s most treasured achievements is the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award.

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