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”

Mad To Be Normal

Mad To Be Normal at the glorious Glasgow Film Theatre. The film stars David Tennant in the lead role and is directed by Robert Mullan. I was lucky to sit on a panel afterward to offer some historical gems. It was a great conversation with Matthew Smith, Luke Fowler, Richard Warden, and the other attendees…Continue reading “Mad To Be Normal”

Podcast Announcement – Radical Mental Health Therapy

I recently had the pleasure of joining Chris Hoff on The Radical Therapist Podcast. You can listen to our lively discussion about the 1960s, long-haired hippies, and mental health services during a period of big-time change. You can download the Pod here or through iTunes. Thanks for listening and sharing! #mentalhealthawareness #healthpolicy

More Meth? Crystal Meth Business on the Rise in SK

According to the CBC, one of the noticeable trends in Regina crime last year was the rise of methamphetamine, often called crystal meth. According to the Regina Police Service, there were 708 grams of meth seized last year, up from 308 grams in 2014. The number of meth seizures has also spiked, from 81 in 2014 toContinue reading “More Meth? Crystal Meth Business on the Rise in SK”

Adolf Meyer and American Psychiatry

In Susan Lamb’s excellent new book, Pathologist of the Mind, we are exposed to the history of American psychiatry and Adolf Meyer. Her express goal, as I write in the new issue of History of Psychiatry, is to rediscover Meyerian psychiatry and establish a foundation on which future scholars of psychiatry might build. The book is bothContinue reading “Adolf Meyer and American Psychiatry”

Twin Addictions? Zombies (i.e., The Walking Dead) and Bath Salts

In 2015, we are grappling with the addictive properties of The Walking Dead. Based on the best-selling comic book and developed for TV by Frank Darabont, the series has proven to be as enduring and enslaving as many popular drugs. With only a month left in Season 6, many questions surround the future of Rick,Continue reading “Twin Addictions? Zombies (i.e., The Walking Dead) and Bath Salts”

Lumbersexuality in Saskatoon? Oh – and a Bit About Psychiatry

First David Beckham brought us the metrosexual look and now we have witnessed the rise of the “lumbersexual.” In fact, the Oxford English Dictionary just named it one of the most important words of 2015. (Emoji won. But “lumbersexuality” was in the mix.) In Saskatoon, SK, you will see these particular bearded, booted, manly-men in specialtyContinue reading “Lumbersexuality in Saskatoon? Oh – and a Bit About Psychiatry”

The Canadian Election and Sask Marijuana

The federal election is going to have a profound impact on Saskatchewan’s marijuana industry. So writes D.C. Fraser in a new article for the Regina Leader-Post. I told Fraser during an interview for the story that “Depending on what the winner suggests about medical marijuana legislation, (it will have) a direct impact on the economy, and on thisContinue reading “The Canadian Election and Sask Marijuana”

LSD Has Wondrous Potential

The return of LSD? Call it a comeback? Maybe, maybe not. Has LSD Matured? The Return of Psychedelic R&D By Lucas Richert and Erika Dyck In February 2014, Scientific American surprised readers with an editorial that called for an end to the ban on psychedelic drug research and criticized drug regulators for limiting access toContinue reading “LSD Has Wondrous Potential”