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How broad are state physician health program descriptions of physician impairment?

My latest piece with co-author and Georgetown law student Nick Lawson is here. All credit for this piece is due to Nick who conceived of the idea and ran with it.  Physician health programs (PHPs) are unknown to most physicians … Continue reading

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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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Behind Bars: Ethics and Human Rights in U.S. Prisons

Behind Bars: Ethics and Human Rights in U.S. Prisons November 30 – December 1, 2017 Harvard Medical School Campus, Boston, MA View Schedule The United States leads the world in incarceration. The “War on Drugs” and prioritizing punishment over rehabilitation … Continue reading

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Psychologists and Torture

A day after I wrote this piece for theconversation.com about psychologists and torture, the New York Times highlighted a newly issued report that details the extent to which senior level members of the American Psychological Association (APA) conspired with the … Continue reading

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New Movie about Doctors’ Participation in Torture in the “War on Terror”

The movie is called Doctors of the Dark Side.  You can see a trailer for the movie here.  The website also has a study guide which provides invaluable information as well as resources for further information on this whole topic.

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A Painfully Long Wait–Boston Globe editorial May 6, 2013

The Boston Globe published an editorial today reporting our work and amplifying our call for better treatment of psychiatric patients.  The fact that insurers require prior authorization for (so many) psychiatric services but not for other medical services illustrates the extent … Continue reading

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What Exactly Went into My Psychiatric Diagnosis?–Psychology Today blog post

The folks who are rewriting the diagnostic manual in psychiatry have often built their careers on the diagnosis in question and/or have received money from Big Pharma, so that the diagnoses they craft are potentially fraught with conflicts of interest … Continue reading

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Legalize Gay Marriage Everywhere? It is just a matter of time . . .

Several more states voted for gay marriage last week.  I now repeat something I have publicly said before:  At some point in the near future the issue of whether gays should be allowed to marry will be as controversial as … Continue reading

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Ethical Issues in State Physician Health Programs

In our Journal of Addiction Medicine piece just published online, co-author John R. Knight MD and myself discuss ethical and managerial considerations regarding state physician health programs (PHPs).  These are programs that work with physicians who have various kinds of … Continue reading

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