My family and I will be away vacationing for two weeks. Please come back and visit Follow Me Here again beginning on Memorial Day (to you non-U.S. readers: May 27th). If you need a reminder when FmH becomes active again, click on the “spy on this page” link in the sidebar.

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Rolling Stone‘s “50 coolest records” — I own eight, I’ve never heard of the artists of six, and I disagree with, oh about half. And Rolling Stone‘s “50 uncoolest records (that we love)” — I own none of these but have to admit that in years past I had two of them on vinyl. Again I have to disagree with many of their choices — these are not uncool records you should love and covet. They’re just plain uncool…

Michael Kinsley: Answering Sharon – Look, are we at war with terrorism or are we not? Not.

“The Bush folks should not have needed the annoying Sharon to remind them that the facile absolutist rhetoric of the weeks after Sept. 11 was unwise. Bush’s oil buddies the Saudis believe that dealing effectively with terrorism itself requires dealing financially with terrorists. Appeasement is not a very attractive anti-terrorist tactic, but Bush was never prepared to call them on it because even his more bellicose and principled approach needs Saudi official backing.” Slate

KartOO: novel new web search engine. I don’t have a sense yet of how good their spidering and indexing are, but their interface is nifty. Instead of a listing of ‘hits’ on a search term, what pops up here is a map of webspace depicting the datapoints and their linkages. Click on a point on the map to drill deeper into your search. Worth playing with.

Pediatric Psychiatric Illness in the Emergency Department—An Ignored Health Care Issue

Abstract: “Objectives: To examine the differences in the care of children with a psychiatric illness and all other children in the emergency department (ED). Methods: One-year cross-sectional retrospective chart review of children <18 years of age admitted to the ED… Conclusions: These data suggest a gap in the health care system that is perhaps mostly due to inadequate recognition of the magnitude and severity of the problem. Children with psychiatric illness often become “stuck” in the ED or on the pediatric inpatient ward for prolonged periods of time because there are inadequate inpatient or outpatient services to care for them.” Academic Emergency Medicine

What’s in a name?

The evolution of the nomenclature of antipsychotic drugs (.pdf) —

Abstract: “Objective: Psychiatry as a science and psychotherapy as an art thrive on words, words that were often

coined arbitrarily and that are often used idiosyncratically. This article examines the origins, progenitors and

usage of the word “antipsychotic” and explores its ramifications. Methods: Original publications from the

1950s onward, beginning with the report of the discovery of chlorpromazine, were sought for their specific

references to the terminology of drugs used to treat psychotic disorders. Preferences for individual words,

debates surrounding their adoption and changing trends in their use are reviewed from scientific, clinical and

social perspectives. Results: Over the past 50 years the drugs used in the treatment of schizophrenia and

other psychotic disorders have been variously labelled “tranquillizers,” “neuroleptics,” “ataractics,” “antipsychotics”

and “anti-schizophrenic agents.” These terms, coined out of necessity, were quickly accepted with little

debate or due consideration of their clinical, personal and social implications. The development of a new

generation of antipsychotic drugs as well as the prospect of treatment strategies with diverse mechanisms of

action highlight the need to re-examine the issues involved in the naming, classification and labelling of psychotropic

drugs in general and of “antipsychotics” in particular. Conclusion: This historical overview of the

labelling of drugs used in the treatment of psychoses reflects the confusion and controversy surrounding the

naming and classification of drugs and diseases in general. It also illustrates the dynamic interplay of personal

beliefs, rational thinking, practical considerations and societal values in shaping the scientific process.” Journal of Psychiatry & Neuroscience