Measuring Up

It is forty years since I graduated from McGill Medical School in 1978. Forty-four years since I first walked into the Pine Avenue entrance of the McIntyre Medical Sciences Building. It was a bright, warm September morning. I remember that the auditorium was already dark when I entered, and steep-pitched. I took a seat on…

Black Box

What happens when memories are triggered when you least expect them? In my current life, practicing psychiatry, I usually think of triggering as something negative and difficult, but what happens when something positive and affirming is recalled? This week, I was in Montreal on a cold November evening for the first time in thirty years.…

Reflection of a Life-Long Learner

One of the most appealing aspects of a medical career is that you are always learning. In my field of Psychiatry this has been especially true, although perhaps I say this in ignorance since I am not nearly as familiar with the developments and discoveries in specialties other than my own. Ongoing self-education is so…