Archive for July, 2016

this other thing…


After reading Karen Dineen Wagner’s 2013 deposition [author·ity…], I looked back at that recent PSYCHIATRICNEWS article about her presentation at the May APA meeting [see a blast from the past…]. This time through, there were several things about it that got my attention. So here it is again for review: Child Psychiatrists Look at Specialty […]



Being deposed in a legal case is one of the more odious experiences of adult life. The lawyer asking the questions has pored over whatever you’re there to talk about looking for ways to discredit you, then hammers away trying to get you to admit your sins [whether you’ve committed them or not]. No one […]

the streams III – and a river runs through it…


A review of the streams: a preference for case studies the consequences of the DSM-III unitary depression being questioned about focusing on "old studies" Peter Kramer’s snappy response to Ed Shorter’s review … and then the thread about Lewis, Kiloh, and Parker on Lewis’ cases Based on his MD Thesis cases, Aubrey Lewis couldn’t confirm […]

the streams II…


Leslie Kiloh [1917-1997] was a British psychiatrist, well known for his studies in the classification of depressive disorders and the EEG. In 1962, he became the chair of psychiatry at the new Medical School at the University of New South Wales in Australia – a position he held for 20 years until retiring. He studied […]

the streams I…


These are some thoughts that seemed related but it wasn’t immediately clear why. When that happens, I usually just write them down, and in the process, the unifying idea becomes obvious. This time, I made the list of streams, but it was something from the outside that said a river runs through it. For as […]

··and sealing-wax…


“The time has come," the Walrus said, “To talk of many things: Of shoes··and ships··and sealing-wax·· Of cabbages··and kings·· And why the sea is boiling hot·· And whether pigs have wings.” The Walrus and the Carpenter Lewis Carroll, 1832 – 1898 It seems like only yesterday, but it’s been three years since the DSM-5 was […]