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 Consultation-Liaison. I just made the change today.

I didn’t change the domain name because I discovered (before I could make that mistake) that it would have caused a mindbending login error. The title has changed, but the domain name has not in order to keep my blogging life simpler–although it will still contain the name “psychosomaticist.”

Why did I change it, after 5 years of going by the name that the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) chose for the specialty? The biggest reason was Don Lipsitt’s book:

Don Lipsitt book FoundationsofCLPsychiatryBumpyRoadtoSpecialization_

Don makes an excellent distinction between Psychosomatic Medicine and Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry. I recommend you buy the book because it’s an excellent history of the specialty.

The other reason are the recent polls the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine (APM) distributed to the membership inquiring about whether the name of the specialty be changed and to what. I’ve written several posts about the issue, and though many are tongue-in-cheek (including my own poll), I think a name change is in order and so does Don.

Don and I won’t be able to make it to this year’s APM meeting in Austin, Texas and that’s for different reasons. I’ll be on duty on the C-L service. His book will be available at the meeting. Don’t miss it!

I don’t understand why Ergasiology hasn’t gotten any votes.

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