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The Little Chair Belongs In The Great House

It turns out there is a recorded video (look for item 3C-4) of the Austin Historic Landmarks Commission (AHLC) meeting on July 25, 2016 which includes the public discussion of Dr. Jenny Lind Porter’s Casa Magni, her house slated for demolition. Hereafter I’ll refer to the house as Casa Magni because that’s what she called […]

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The Gift of Dr. Jenny Lind Porter

The Lantern of Diogenes All maturation has a root in quest. How long thy wick has burned, Diogenes! I see thy lantern bobbing in unrest When others sit with babes upon their knees Unconscious of the twilight or the storm, Along the streets of Athens, glimmering strange, Thine eyes upon the one thing keeps thee […]

Dr. Janus Amos

Vote For The Respectable Name

My vote has been cast in the new Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine (APM) name change poll extravaganza and it’s no secret I prefer C-L Psychiatry, despite the name of my blog. It was a simple enough poll. First it asked what name my organization currently uses and then it requested my suggestion for an alternative. […]


CPCP: Clozapine and Seizure Risk by Medical Student Arvinder Jandu

We owe  many thanks to senior medical student Arvinder Jandu for today’s Clinical Problems in Consultation Psychiatry (CPCP) presentation on the risk of seizures in patients taking clozapine. Arvinder will be heading to a residency in Emergency Room Medicine–I envy the ER which will be enhanced by his drive, talent, and tenacity. It’s another example […]

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The Mystery of Dr. Jenny Lind Porter

I found an article about Dr. Jenny Lind Porter’s former Texas home at 1715 Summit View Place, published in the June 30, 2016 issue of the on line version of the Austin Monitor, written by Elizabeth Pagano. She was my English Professor when I was an undergraduate in the mid-1970s at what was then Huston-Tillotson […]

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The Time Has Come For “Ergasiology” To Replace “Psychosomatic Medicine?”

As you know, I’ve been reading Dr. Don Lipsitt’s new book, “Foundations of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry: The Bumpy Road to Specialization.” It’s fascinating reading and I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to know what drives Consultation-Liaison Psychiatrists to do what we do. I found an interesting word in the section Psyche and Soma: Struggles […]


CPCP: Frontotemporal Dementia vs Bipolar Disorder by Dr. Ann Van De Walle Jones, MD

Today’s excellent Clinical Problems in Consultation Psychiatry (CPCP) presentation was by Neurology resident, Dr. Ann Van De Walle Jones, MD and it’s about distinguishing Frontotemporal Dementia from bipolar and other psychiatric disorders. Technically, according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual vers. 5 (DSM5), I should call it Major or Mild Frontotemporal Neurocognitive Disorder.  The diagnostic […]


Guest Post: Mindfulness Programs at Iowa for Fall 2016 by Bev Klug

“If we hope to go anywhere or develop ourselves in any way, we can only step from where we are standing. If we don’t really know where we are standing… We may only go in circles…” – Jon Kabat-Zinn, Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life   Good Afternoon, I hope […]


Designating Dr. Jenny Lind Porter’s Home A Historic Landmark Project: Still Alive by Kathleen Smith

Jim, Thank you so much for your response. I have enjoyed reading your blog and the posts from previous students. She seems to have been well admired and made quite an impression. We were able to get a 30 day postponement and our neighborhood association, as well as many of her longtime friends are working […]


Designate Dr. Jenny Lind Porter’s Home A Historic Landmark by Kathleen Smith

How many Texas women teachers, writers or poets have historic landmark recognition in Austin? Or in the state of Texas? On behalf of the Old Enfield Homeowners Association I am writing to inform you of the demolition permit application for 1715 Summit View, Case NRD-2016-0044 the home of Texas Women’s Hall of Fame inductee, Dr. Jenny Lind […]


Delirium, Dementia, and Dentistry for Medical Students Updated

This is the link to the most recent update to the Delirium and Major Neurocognitive Disorder powerpoint lecture for medical students or whoever is interested in the topic. On the date in July when I’m scheduled to give the talk, I’ll be at the dentist’s office getting some work done. In fact, I have several visits […]

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The July Effect and Patient Safety

July is right around the corner, and the fear of the July Effect associated with being admitted to a teaching hospital in the month when a newly minted doctors are just starting residency is probably again running rampant. Not all teaching hospitals have an uptick in mortality rates; it depends on how vigilant our supervising […]


Psychiatry Residents Coming and Going: Get What You Need

It’s that time of year when we graduate current residents and welcome the new ones. The graduation event was a huge success. There goes 14 of the most outstanding psychiatrists we’ve ever had the honor to work with. It’s a lucky world waiting to receive them. There were many awards which are always fun to […]


Board Re-recertification and the Maturing Psychiatrist by Dr. Stephen Moe

Having graduated with the initial class of residents who were not awarded lifelong board certification, I am among the first cohort of psychiatrists who face the prospect of board re-recertification; in other words, becoming certified for the third time. Building on the report of Sidney Weissman, MD that was published in the Psychiatric Times, there […]

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Can ABMS Listen to Doctors’ Stories?

I read an interesting article about letting patients tell their stories. Doctors are under many pressures to bypass this empathic practice. Maintenance of Certification (MOC) is only one of them. The latest news in the struggle between the boards and rank-and-file physicians is the new American Medical Association (AMA) policy just adopted opposing MOC recertification […]


CPCP: Role of SSRI Therapy in the Poststroke Patient: Here Are the Medical Students!

Yesterday’s Clinical Problems in Consultation Psychiatry (CPCP) is about poststroke depression and it was delivered by top-flight medical students, Andrew Ackell and Perry Wu, both in their third year. As one of them pointed out this is a topic geared for a neuroscience approach to evaluation and treatment. Incidentally, the theme for the Annual Academy […]

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Neuroscience Medicine Consultants Replace Psychosomaticists?

My former teacher, Dr. William R. Yates, has made a bold proposal to form a new specialty, Neuroscience Medicine, by combining Psychiatry and Neurology, which he has outlined succinctly: Neuroscience Medicine: The Time Has Come A bold proposal by my former teacher to create a new specialty. — James Amos (@jamostheelder) June 8, 2016 […]

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UIHC Psychiatry Matball Challenge 2016–In The Books!

The Annual UIHC Psychiatry Department Matball Challenge, Residents vs Faculty is in the books. The residents win…again! The temperature was: 92 degrees And there was just a hint of an irregularity–deflategate. There were no witnesses, of course. I was not in any way involved. A hole in the ball raised the suspicion of wildlife activity, […]

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Annual UIHC Psychiatry Dept. Mat Ball Challenge: Vote!

  Is it Mat Ball or Matball? Who cares? It’s time to vote in the poll to predict the winning team in the upcoming June 11, 2016 UIHC Psychiatry Department Mat Ball Challenge: faculty or residents. Remember the rules: There are no rules. Remember to bring a dish to share for the potluck. Residents can […]

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Mobile Unifying Shrink Hospital (M.U.S.H.)?

I read Dr. William Yates’ recent post on the promise of neuroscience education in medicine. The Future of Neuroscience Education Watch for Bill's provocative post on a name change for neurology & psychiatry. — James Amos (@jamostheelder) June 5, 2016 Bill was one of my favorite teachers and his enthusiasm has always been infectious […]

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Spectacular Video from the GRECC: Dementia with Agitation

This is 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 Dementia with Agitation, an educational video from the Department of Veterans Affairs, Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Centers […]

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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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“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 […]

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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 […]

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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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