The Corpus Callosum

Archives for January, 2009

Splitting the Schizophrenias

When I was in training, the chairperson (John Greden) of the department never spoke about schizophrenia.  Instead, he always used the phrase, “the schizophrenias.”  He believed that there were different disease states that all produced similar clinical presentations.  But because of the rudimentary state of our knowledge, we were unable to make clear, meaningful distictions…

Amtrak Woez

Man decides to enter Amtrak “Picture Our Trains Contest.”  Man goes to boarding area and takes picture of train.  Man is told it is illegal to photograph trains.  Man is arrested after refusing to delete photo of train.   In Ann Arbor, heading for University of Chicago Overlooking the Bosque del Apache wildlife refuge The…

In Praise of Idleness

Some things never change.  These are words from the remarkable Bertrand Russell, from 1932: One of the commonest things to do with savings is to lend them to some Government. In view of the fact that the bulk of the public expenditure of most civilized Governments consists in payment for past wars or preparation for…