Depression is a Communicable Disease

I’m very pleased to announce my first lecture of the fall/winter season, and one that couldn’t be more timely. With all of the concern circulating about new infectious diseases, there is o...

From pain and cane to freedom.

I am thrilled. Early last winter, a patient walked into my office — barely. She had suffered from intractable back and leg pain for a year, and was, literally, days away from surgery. Her spinal...

When the clown stops laughing.

The death of Robin Williams has created a worldwide outpouring of sadness and grief that I have not often witnessed. Though we all know how closely linked depression and comedic skill can be, it is st...

The Doctor of the Future

Watching the news, it is difficult to escape the conclusion that humanity is fast approaching a turning point of great impact. I’m not speaking of ISIS or the Gaza-Israeli conflagration; conflic...

Hey, Dad!

Two simple words  that for nearly two decades I have been unable to speak. Two words that, for much of my life, prefaced any number of of statements and questions, from the sacred to the silly to the...

I Am Biped.

Inspired in equal parts by laziness, a fondness for offbeat experimentation, and personal growth, I have been walking to work for the past two months. It’s not a very long commute by any stan...