Youth Killed by Guns in US Equals Classroom a Day

The number of children and teens who die from gun violence in the United States on a given day could fill a typical high school classroom, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Preventing accident-related injuries and deaths in children and youth “demands a public safety approach like regulation of motor vehicles,” the group … Read more

How Physicians Can Combat Gun Violence: Lessons From Tobacco

Emotion not reason drives belief. People defend their feelings with reasons, but they are really rationalizations —conscious explanations for unconscious causes. That’s how we vote; that’s how we believe or disbelieve in religion; that’s how we take sides on a myriad of social and cultural issues. A century of psychiatric knowledge and research, including twin … Read more

What Can We Do About Mass Shootings?

“It must be mental illness. My mind cannot possibly conceive of an alternative. A rational healthy mind cannot be capable of this, Doc.” These were the opening words of one of many discussions that I had with patients in the wake of yet another gut-wrenching tragedy where we saw innocent children and their teachers murdered … Read more