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A couple of the research blogs I follow lately have had some insight that really struck me as they fought off dualism in regards to the thorny issue of psychological vs. physical addiction and the brain, arguing that the elimination of mind and body distinctions is a good thing, as addictive pathways are real, physical represented by neuronal circuits.
This is an interesting argument, that collapsing psychology to the brain mechanisms brain can erase stigma by medicalizing it and making it a matter of physical function. In addiction it makes quite a bit of sense. We know what part of the brain is being stimulated, that dopamine reward pathways are building and feeding the habit. The derogatory statement, “It’s all in your head,” remains technically true, but loses its bite when you can explain it in such a real and tangible way. Read the rest of this entry »
Welcome again to my roundup of those things that stood out as educational, uplifting, inspiring, and downright funny in my journeying through the ethernet. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, or you’ll simply move on unimpressed. Take your pick.
This week I share the curse of a child’s imagination, the psychology of our politics, sacrifice, sorrow, and other such spiritual gifts, two medical specialties that are all in your head, alien hands, killer pandas and Raven-puffs, to name just some of the bounteous fruits I have gathered tirelessly and selflessly especially for you, the reader.
So without further adieu, I present the absolute best I could find- Read the rest of this entry »
I am continuing my review of the best blogs mind, body, and soul at least from my perspective. Doctor blogs have been the subject of controversy with the AMA lately. There are privacy concerns and concerns about the professionalism of ranting about colleagues or patients in such a public forum. While these concerns may be valid, this isn’t what I generally see in the blogs, at least not the ones I end up following anyway. Many, many blogs focus on healthcare and its shortcomings and problems with the system. These have their place, but for me the very best blogs share the highs and the lows of medicine. I think the blog format is ideal for sharing the unique experience and point of view that we physicians have. I think the best blogs humanize the doctor, the patients and in so doing feed the soul. Here are a few of my favorites- Read the rest of this entry »