“Balance” or Bias: My Favourite Vaccine Book

The book The Panic Virus by Seth Mnookin inspired my blogging project for the summer, which was vaccines. The author explores why the myth that vaccines cause developmental disorders persists despite extensive research that demonstrates just the opposite. http://sethmnookin.com/the-panic-virus/ Mnookin follows the course of a theory by a now discredited British gastroenterologist, Andrew Wakefield, that…

A Christmas Memory

My favourite Christmas story is Truman Capote’s A Christmas Memory. I first read it when I was ten in a Scholastic collection of Christmas stories and was completely entranced with the remarkable storytelling style of this man. Although I did not appreciate the significance at the time, In Cold Blood, Capote’s creative nonfiction examination of…

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…

Widow’s Weeds

At the end of June, I read two books about widows. One was fiction and the other was non-fiction, an account of a support group developed by an American journalist for widows. The novel, The Lost Husband by Katherine Center, also explores the nature of the support that helps widows. For those for whom stories…