Category Archives: Miscellaneous

Life before Anesthesia

  This is how Fanny Burney described the mastectomy she received in 1811, a long time before effective anesthesia was available: I mounted, therefore, unbidden, the bed stead. When the dreadful steel was plunged into the breast – cutting through … Continue reading

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On Parenting Adam Lanza, the Sandy Hook Shooter

Andrew Solomon wrote a wonderful article in the New Yorker recently about Adam Lanza’s father and his search for answers to his son’s awful behavior. The piece included a quote I thought I would share with you today: All parenting … Continue reading

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Want narcotics just ask for them?

A very disturbing new study was just published, in which physicians viewed a video of a patient with back pain asking for OxyContin. Twenty percent of docs said they would prescribe that med under that circumstance: …Too often, doctors prescribe … Continue reading

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How Charlie Brown Prevents Traffic Accidents

Check out this wonderful street art, that seconds as a behavioral intervention to reduce traffic speed: Very cool! (Click here to view comments) Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook Buzz it up share via Reddit Share with … Continue reading

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Why I’m Not Sad That I Can’t Fly

I remember one time having a conversation with Daniel Kahneman, one of the founders of behavioral economics, about the topic of happiness and emotional adaptation, in the context of chronic disability. We were discussing emotional impact of experiencing a limb … Continue reading

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Quote of the Day

  “When many remedies are proposed for a disease, that means the disease is incurable.” -Anton Chekhov (Click here to view comments) Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook Buzz it up share via Reddit Share with Stumblers … Continue reading

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Predicting Adaptation to Calamity and Disability

People often show an amazing ability to emotionally recover from difficult circumstances. I devoted my second book, You’re Stronger Than You Think, to this topic. Now comes some really cool research, showing that people’s ability to bounce back from adversity … Continue reading

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How Parents Get Caught Up in Their Children’s Identities

Another great quote from Andrew Solomon’s Far From the Tree: “My mother didn’t want me to be gay because she thought it wouldn’t be the happiest course for me, but equally, she didn’t like the image of herself as the … Continue reading

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Baby Thoughts from Andrew Solomon

A quote from Far From the Tree I thought I’d share: “There is no such thing as reproduction. When two people decide to have a baby, they engage in an act of production, and the widespread use of the word … Continue reading

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Pope Francis Would Be a Great Physician

The New Yorker recently published a very nice article on Pope Francis. At one point in the article, the Pope explains why he is trying to deemphasize all the controversies that have taken up so much of the Church’s attention in … Continue reading

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