The Hackett Fire Brigade Quote Expanded

I learned a little about the Internet Archive today, which lets you borrow digitized books, music and other items. I’ve always wanted to read what I'll call the fire brigade quote from Thomas P. Hackett, MD from the original 1st edition of the Massachusetts General Hospital: Handbook of general hospital psychiatry, edited by Hackett and … Continue reading The Hackett Fire Brigade Quote Expanded

Happy Halloween From A C-L Psychiatrist

Halloween is upon us and if I don't get this post out now, it won't get done. As usual, it has been pretty busy on the Consultation-Liaison (C-L) Psychiatry service. I don't think it has anything to do with the Halloween season--but it is a bit scary. It's also time for the annual C-L Psychiatry … Continue reading Happy Halloween From A C-L Psychiatrist

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) … Continue reading You Might As Well Vote

International Talk Like a Pirate Day…Matey

Avast, thar, 'tis International Speak Like a Scurvy Pirate Day, even fer consultin' psychiatrists! No kidding, September 19, is the official day for talking like a pirate. In honor of it, I'm going to talk like a pirate, although a little of that goes a long way so I'll try to tone it down some. … Continue reading International Talk Like a Pirate Day…Matey

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 … Continue reading C-L Psychiatry: History Repeating Itself

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. … Continue reading Vote For The Respectable Name

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: I'm ambivalent about it because of what would have to be done. It would be a lot of work (putting it mildly) to get this … Continue reading Neuroscience Medicine Consultants Replace Psychosomaticists?