Every doctor struggles with patients with somatic symptom disorder - or SSD to use the snappy new acronym that the DSM - 5 now calls it. A wonderfully insightful and informative new book Is It All in Your Head – true stories of imaginary illness by Suzanne O’Sullivan, MD, consultant in neurology and neurophysiology at National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, London, England helps explain it.
Category Archives: Human Behavior
This was my latest monthly column in the Free Lance-Star on January 28th. The more heretical books I read about how clinical trials can be misleading, the more skeptical I get about being able to make a rational, informed decision about medical treatment/interventions. Despite my idyllic, relaxed retired life in the country, the old blood…Read more
[caption id="attachment_2405" align="alignnone" width="446"] A Noisy Reason to Get Him Vaccinated[/caption] Herd immunity may make us sound like a bunch of cows, but it is an important phenomenon in the field of vaccinations. You get herd immunity when you vaccinate enough of the population that the illness can’t get a foothold. Widespread use of measles/mumps/rubella…Read more
Here’s a report of some exciting new research that has a multitude of storylines. It hits on: The importance of the microbiome to many aspects of our health – allergies and obesity in particular. Having a dog (or more precisely “a furry pet”) can influence the microbiome of babies – even before they’re born. It’s…Read more