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A Semantic Survey of Emotions

What are your thoughts about orange? Is magenta fast or listless? Continue reading

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Face of a Winner – Washingtonian Magazine, April 2016

This Professor Knows Why You Hate Ted Cruz’s Face
(He read the other candidates’ faces, too.) Continue reading

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Digital Distractions: Your Brain on Screens

We need to stop treating every new piece of tech gear as an unalloyed good, and start questioning the pernicious effect it has on our brains and our being. Continue reading

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Lessons for Patient and Physician in the Art of Dying and the End of Life

Death is a topic avoided by both patient and physician. “We did everything we could” has typically come to mean that we’ve done more than we should. Continue reading

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The Night I Danced with Liberace

See my essay in the Los Angeles Review of Books.  Age 10, the Latin Casino, the Twist!  The Night I Danced with Liberace “MY HUSBAND AND I HAD A CHOICE of marrying in either California or Massachusetts in July 2008 … Continue reading

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Anton Chekhov: A Physician-Genius in Spite of Himself

Anton Chekhov: A Physician-Genius in Spite of Himself North Carolina Medical Journal 36:612-14;679-81;733-735: 37:29-31 1975-76 The JOURNAL offers four installments of a study of a great physician, short story writer and dramatist, Anton Chekhov, by a young medical student whose … Continue reading

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Ambergris in Your Cup

The Daily Grind—Understanding Your Habit Café: An Interview Magazine (Sydney) April/May 1995 Java drinkers are equally fond of chocolate, it seems. And why not? The caffeine of coffee and the xanthine of chocolate belong to the same chemical family of … Continue reading

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Jerome E. Sikorski – Eulogy

Jerome E. Sikorski 1940-2010 Eulogy at National Cathedral, Washington DC by Richard E. Cytowic A good life is long in both intention and extension. We often say of the dead that their life was too short. For some, life was … Continue reading

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Aphasia in Maurice Ravel

Aphasia in Maurice Ravel Bulletin of the Los Angeles Neurological Societies 41:109-114, 1976 Irwin Brody Award, History of Neuroscience, Duke University, 1978 A selective loss of language resulting from left hemisphere cerebral lesions is familiar to all neurologists but only … Continue reading

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The Long Ordeal of James Brady

THE LONG ORDEAL OF JAMES BRADY Published: September 27, 1981 When a single hospital administrator drops his reptilian doze and shows signs of life, it usually signals something extraordinary. When the Code Orange alert brought three high-level supernumeraries charging out … Continue reading

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