My 100 Mile Diet

About five years ago, two books began to influence how I thought about the food my family ate. One was Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals and the second was The 100-Mile Diet: A Year of Local Eating by Alisa Smith and J.B. MacKinnon. A first consideration of this new…

Good Death

The term, “euthanasia” is derived from the Greek and means, literally, good death, and my intention in writing this essay is to focus on what a good death might be using my favourite book about the subject, Sherwin Nuland’s How We Die: Reflections on Life’s Final Chapter, as my touchstone. (Vintage Books, 2010 edition page…

Tough Old Broads

In the past week, I have been reading through the 2010 report of the Global Media Monitoring Project (GMMP): Who Makes the News? (www.whomakesthenews.org) . The GMMP has been monitoring the presentation of women in the media since 1995 and, while progress has been made, many of the statistics are discouraging for those of us…

DSM V and Thomas Szasz

Like many North American Psychiatrists, I have spent a good part of the past six months thinking about DSM V, The new Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association. Like DSM III and DSM IV before it, the new manual’s publication is giving rise to significant controversy that is likely going to set…

Summer Reading Days

As a Child Psychiatrist, I read many books for children and adolescents so that I have books to recommend to parents and my patients, or to adults who want to purchase books for children and youth. Summer is the best time for reading and I have two wonderful books to recommend. (Note: If you live…