Thursday, June 02, 2011

Ned Holstein and Glenn Sacks: Bill would give 'duped dads' some fairness under the law.

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

NPR had an interesting discussion recently with journalist Jon Ronson, the author of a new book The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry.

The book uses the work of Dr. Robert Hare who developed the PCL-R to determine if people are psychopaths. I attended training with Dr. Hare some years ago and one of the things the professionals there taught us in terms of using the PCL-R was to be very well trained and to avoid using it frivolously. It is also important to use more than one test and other methods (such as third party interviews) when determining if one is a psychopath. But that aside, the book looks interesting.

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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Monday, May 30, 2011

The Miracle of Modern Medicine

I just got home a couple of hours ago from having the battery in my ICD changed and I am pretty stunned at how efficiently it went. My past experiences with surgery in general have not been good as I usually wake up sick and/or in pain. This time was much different. I actually feel pretty good, though a bit whoozy.

The main difference, I think, is that the anesthesiologist I had asked great questions and pinpointed how to treat my nausea. He diagnosed my motion sickness as a possible culprit in why I had trouble before and had a motion sickness patch attached to my upper right ear prior to the surgery. It helped a lot. My only problem was throwing up in a barf bag on the way home but that seemed pretty tame compared to the side effects I have had before. Modern medicine is such a blessing, the fact that I could be in and out of the hospital this quickly is truly a miracle, though I suppose science also played a good part.

I recently posted on a book about doctors called In Stitches