Harnessing the Fierce Energy of Counterculture

Mental health knowledge and practice was highly contested in the 1960s and 70s. Struggles over homosexuality and radicalism, drug use and replicable drug trials, were part of a unique countercultural moment. These were wild times. Transactional analysis, developed by Eric Berne and Claude Steiner, was also part of this fiercely energetic moment. In January 2017Continue reading “Harnessing the Fierce Energy of Counterculture”

CFP Cannabis: Global Histories

19-20 April 2018 University of Strathclyde, Glasgow In cooperation with Wellcome Trust The Centre for the Social History of Health and Healthcare would like to invite papers for Cannabis: Global Histories at the University of Strathclyde (Glasgow) on 19-20 April 2018. One outcome of the recent Alcohol and Drugs History Society meeting (ADHS) in UtrechtContinue reading “CFP Cannabis: Global Histories”

Cancer controversies and traditional medicines

Today I write for the Saskatoon StarPhoenix and Regina Leader-Post. The story of cancer patient Ric Richardson, a Métis man from Green Lake, challenges us to think about patient autonomy, medical traditions and Saskatchewan health care. Just as crucial, his story forces us to reconsider the use and acceptance of traditional Aboriginal knowledge — notContinue reading “Cancer controversies and traditional medicines”

UK Drugs Strategy – July 2017 – Same old, same old?

This past week the UK Government released a Drugs Strategy. Here is some of the reaction to the document, which is available here. Media Roundup. * From The Independent:   The Government’s latest policy relaunch aimed at tackling illegal drugs amid soaring death rates has been heavily criticised by campaigners who say it fails toContinue reading “UK Drugs Strategy – July 2017 – Same old, same old?”

Immoral or Merciful? Canadian Doctors Divided on Medically Assisted Death — Longreads

Some doctors are struggling with allowing Canadians to die on their own terms. via Immoral or Merciful? Canadian Doctors Divided on Medically Assisted Death — Longreads Here I share a powerful article by Krista Stevens.

Born to Run: For Mindfulness and More

Have a Fitbit? Do you pound the pavement? Hit the road? Do you do it for body? Or mind? Likely both! * * In January 2017, psychotherapist William Pullen published a new book, Run For Your Life. It’s an interesting read. Here’s a description of the work: “Anyone who has ever gone for a run,Continue reading “Born to Run: For Mindfulness and More”

Donald Trump’s FDA and the ‘United States of Oxy’

How will the pharmaceutical industry be impacted under the Trump administration? Who’s the new FDA Commissioner? How will e-cigarettes be effected? How will the opioid crisis be impacted? Trump’s FDA and “the United States of Oxy” By Lucas Richert The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) may be headed for a major overhaul under theContinue reading “Donald Trump’s FDA and the ‘United States of Oxy’”

CFP. Mental Health and Money: Past and Present

A Call for Papers. Socioeconomic factors and mental health: past and present Editors: Professor Matthew Smith and Dr Lucas Richert (University of Strathclyde, UK) This article collection will examine how the relationship between socioeconomic factors and mental health has been and is understood in an array of different places and periods. Although much of theContinue reading “CFP. Mental Health and Money: Past and Present”

LSD: Insight or Insanity?, 1968

From the NIH. A post by Professor Erika Dyck on the history of LSD. Circulating Now from NLM Circulating Now welcomes guest blogger Erika Dyck, PhD, Professor and Canada Research Chair in the History of Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan. Today, Dr. Dyck shares some insights on a recently digitized film in the Library’sContinue reading “LSD: Insight or Insanity?, 1968”

Cannabis ‘Policy Brief’ Announcement

It’s my pleasure to promote the publication of an important Policy Brief on Cannabis by Kathleen Thompson. Over the past few years she has helped drive conversations about the consumption and control of marijuana. Her recent Policy Brief ought to be read by anyone and everyone! Here’s an extract. LEGALIZATION OF CANNABIS: THE POLICY CHALLENGESContinue reading “Cannabis ‘Policy Brief’ Announcement”