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October 5, 2010 at 4:47 pm
Barry Hinderstein, DDS, PhD
I read your comments about the anatomy class at your medical school. I taught Gross Anatomy to dental and medical students in Houston from 1975 to 1999 and experienced the shrinkage of time in dissection. I agree that 8 weeks is not enough time to properly dissect a cadaver. There is another problem. The number of classically trained anatomists continues to shrink. More anatomy is taught by clinicians. I think is contributing to a shrinking knowledge base. The only important anatomy is that related to the clinical experience of the professor. There is less chance for the student to learn by self-discovery. How many times did we hear a student complain when dissecting that it was “nothing like the book/atlas”. We had the time then to convince the student that it is almost always like the book, but they have to be able to recognize variation and anomolies. Isn’t that what a clinician has to do almost every day? Today, everything is like the book, as students virtually study dissections. It is tragic. Thank you for an interesting article. Barry Hinderstein
October 8, 2010 at 2:24 am
To read the original article, published in the Huffington Post, go to:
The Anatomy Lab: what’s wrong with medical education today?
Published on October 5, 2010
February 4, 2013 at 2:27 am
How do I find a doctor who will treat my son for the acoholism. He have been depress since my father died 17 years ago. I only realize this year that hisdrinking problem was partly do to a mental illness. My son quit drinking for 30 day. Then he startingto get deprssed because he can’t finda job and start back drinking. I need a doctor who will help me
February 4, 2013 at 3:28 am
Depression and problem drinking often co-occur.
What happens when you ask your son if he thinks he has a problem? Or you explain the problems he may have taking care of every day responsibilities? When he is able to appreciate he needs help then both you and he can look for help. But the process starts with engaging him in the effort.
I wish you well, drlloyd
June 1, 2013 at 1:39 am
My daughter 26, has been diagnosed with bi-polar disorder. For the past 4-5 weeks our lives have been turned up-side-down. She has been seeing both a psychologist and a psychiatrist. She doesn’t take her meds and I’m getting hopeless. I printed and keep your comments on the Huffpost Health Living about actress Catherine Zeta-Jones. I read it over and over and focus on the remark you made about not losing hope. I worry myself to sleep. Thank you.
June 1, 2013 at 2:37 pm
You are on a long road, as happens with every persistent illness – whether it be colitis, diabetes, Parkinson’s, or serious mental illness. The heartbreak of seeing your daughter also not take the help that can make a difference is what makes mental illness all the more difficult. But many people do accept treatment and begin recovery – in time. Often it is difficult to predict when (clinicians know this from experience) so that is why I offer – to you and others – the message of not losing hope.
I wish you well, drlloy
June 2, 2013 at 6:02 pm
Thank you so much for taking the time to write back. I’ll keep the hope alive, if I have the strength. Thank you.
July 19, 2013 at 8:22 pm
My daughter is a 20 year old recently diagnosed bipolar 1. She is a petite girl and denies she has the illness, doesn’t take the meds. My problem is she hitchhikes everywhere and is very ill. Lives on the street. Does not clean herself well. Very poor lifestyle choices. I am worried sick all of the time and like your article in Wall Street Journal there is nothing in the laws that will let me force her to get help. What I have been told is until she either dies or agrees to treatment there is nothing I can do. Any advice?
July 25, 2013 at 2:52 am
From: Susan Herndon
Subject: Re: Your “Ask A Question”
Thank you Dr. Sederer! I am now in touch with the local chapter of NAMI and I have ordered your book. I feel that if I educate myself about this disease I may cope better. Thank you again for your blog and response.
Dear Sue, I am sorry to read about your family’s troubles, which are all too common.
In my book for families (have you seen that?) I write about how families often need to use what leverage they have because the laws don’t cover the needs you face (which is what I wrote about in the WSJ).
Also, do you know about NAMI? The National Alliance on Mental Illness and the chapters they have in every state? And the meetings they hold where families help other families problem solve – with the kind of problems you describe.
I hope these two resources may prove helpful to you. Drlloyd
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