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“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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Getting Small: Remember Humility

Another rotation of residents and medical students has come and gone and it’s on to the next one. But occasionally I like to reflect on what the trainees have done and publicly thank them for their hard work. I was once where they are. We chase around the hospital like a movable feast. We ran […]

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CPCP: Clozapine-Induced Myocarditis by A Medical Student

This is an outstanding Clinical Problems in Consultation Psychiatry (CPCP) presentation on clozapine-induced myocarditis by medical student Ben Kopp, who is planning a residency in orthopedic surgery. There is a push to utilize clozapine for treatment-resistant schizophrenia, with which I have no argument. According Newman et all in the August 2016 issue of Current Psychiatry […]

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The Mystery of Change: “Harlem Is Everywhere We Are”

My wife, Sena, brought to my attention the recent effort to save the Harlem home of poet Langston Hughes, which looks like it may be successful. Sena said it reminded her of what is happening to Dr. Jenny Lind Porter’s house. There are parallels. In some of the articles, Hughe’s home is described as “dilapidated” […]

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CPCP: Valproate Hyperammonemic Encephalopathy by A Medical Student

Today we got an excellent Clinical Problems in Consultation Psychiatry (CPCP) presentation from medical student Jessica Woelfel, who is planning a residency in emergency medicine. It’s about valproate-induced hyperammonemic encephalopathy (VHE). This is a rare adverse event of Depakote, which is an anticonvulsant used in treating epilepsy and bipolar disorder. While it should be needless […]

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C-L Psychiatry: History Repeating Itself

As you know, I’ve been reading Don R. Lipsitt’s book, “Foundations of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry: The Bumpy Road to Specialization.” It’s a fascinating and illuminating history of the specialty. Not everyone was pleased with the idea of making C-L Psychiatry a subspecialty, as Don points out in Section III: The Process of Specialty Recognition: Prelude to […]

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CPCP: An Update: Buprenorphine vs Methadone in Pregnancy by A Medical Student

One of our senior medical students rotating on the psychiatry consultation service delivered an outstanding Clinical Problems in Consultation Psychiatry (CPCP) presentation updating a previous medical student CPCP review on buprenorphine vs methadone in managing opiate addiction in pregnancy. The literature supports using buprenorphine overall; however, concerns remain about the risk for relapse to opiate […]

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Out For A Walk

I walked a fair distance this last Thursday in the hospital. It was an average day. It made me a wonder what I’m going to do to stay in shape when I retire (something on my mind a lot these days.) Therefore, Sena and I went for a walk today. The plan was to eventually […]

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The Practical C-L Psychiatrist

It was a busy day at work and I’m just now getting to this post, which I think I should do tonight. By now you’ve noticed that my blog site title has been changed from “The Practical Psychosomaticist” to “The Practical C-L Psychiatrist.” For those of you who aren’t in the know, C-L stands for […]

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Remember Dr. Jenny Lind Porter…Go Have Another Adventure

Sena and I were talking about my former teacher. Dr. Jenny Lind Porter and the situation about her Casa Magni, the home she lived in for decades and now is the center of a controversy over whether to tear it down or restore it. Jenny Lind Porter home wins stay of demolition – Austin Monitor […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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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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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 […]

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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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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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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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