Intrigue, suspense, and empathy in Scorsese’s Shutter Island

Shutter IslandI just watched Shutter Island, a suspenseful and beautiful film directed by Martin Scorsese and released in 2010. The story takes place in 1954: a time of change in the ways mentally ill patients were viewed and treated (and, specifically, the year that chlorpromazine was approved by the FDA).

The real value of the film is that watching it ultimately helps one understand the experience of living with a psychotic disorder. It in fact has given me another layer of understanding and empathy for an irascible and accusatory patient I was struggling to help just yesterday.

I don’t want to spoil the experience of watching the movie by elaborating any more. I just recommend that you rent and watch it! (The DVD extras are certainly worth watching as well.)

Which mobile drug reference tool (or “app”) should I use?

Micromedex, Medscape, Epocrates, Lexicomp

Icons for major drug reference apps: Micromedex, Medscape, Epocrates, Lexicomp

Trick question! You should have *multiple* apps, especially since so many are free, and different databases have different strong points. For better or worse, you also get different information from each, especially regarding drug interactions, so it can be helpful to get a 3rd or 4th opinion if you’re unsure of the significance of a potential interaction.

In this article, I will cover which tools I think are essential, which I think is “the best” (if you can afford it or have institutional access!), and some pros/cons of each of these excellent apps.  My “Essential” and “Best” picks may surprise you! [Read more…]