Author Archives: jwboyd

Don’t Trust Data and Statistics about PHP Success Rates

Nicholas Lawson, fellow physician and incoming Georgetown Law student, and I penned this letter in General Hospital Psychiatry Lawson Boyd Letter Gen Hosp Psych on PHPs which makes clear the myriad reasons why the success and satisfaction rates that Physician Health … Continue reading

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New York Times letter about Jeff Sessions and Asylum–What Sessions Did 2 Days Ago is Beyond Abhorent

Here it is: To the Editor: Re “Sessions Shrinks Paths to Asylum” (front page, June 12): The ruling that Attorney General Jeff Sessions handed down saying that fleeing domestic or gang violence isn’t reason enough to qualify someone to receive … Continue reading

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Vote!

This November you must vote–even if or especially if you think it doesn’t matter.  IT MATTERS.  Even a slim majority of Dems in the House will inject SO much accountability into the federal government right now.  Jeff Sessions’ most recent … Continue reading

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Single-Payer System Is the Solution for Mental Health Care, Panelists Say

Just back from the national meeting of the APA.  While there I presented in 3 workshops:  the first on immigration and asylum, the second on everyday racism in the workplace, and the third on the ways in which the insurance … Continue reading

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Still Worth a Look–Duties of Doctors During Times of War

We need to keep a focus on what the duties are of physicians and other health care personnel are during times of war: See video here. The fact that health care personnel actively participated in torture during our war on … Continue reading

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Using marijuana 2 times a month cost this doctor his license

Just posted on KevinMD.  The piece is here.  Some state PHPs are advocating a zero tolerance policy for any positive marijuana test and also often have a de facto zero tolerance policy for any positive test for metabolites of alcohol.  … Continue reading

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Do state physician health programs encourage referrals that violate the Americans with Disabilities Act?

Hot off the presses with co-author Nick Lawson in the International Journal of Law and Psychiatry is this article entitled “Do state physician health programs encourage referrals that violate the Americans with Disabilities Act?”  A PDF of the paper is  … Continue reading

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Mass Murder in the US

We are the only country where these mass killings happen regularly. Even though some say “How can we prevent this?” the answer is quite clear and has worked in every other country in the world. No way the men who … Continue reading

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How mass incarceration harms U.S. health, in 5 charts

Co-author Emily Nagisa Keehn and I just published this piece about the extensive health toll that incarceration exacts.  The AP just picked it up!

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Mental Health Matters–Thinking about Stigma, Parity, and the Obstacles to Obtaining Needed Mental Health Care

Pat Lawrence interviews J. Wesley Boyd., M.D., Ph.D., a psychiatrist at Harvard Medical School. They discuss the crisis in mental health care, focusing on difficulty in getting insurance coverage, substance abuse issues, and advances in treatment.  The interview can be … Continue reading

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