1. Fate

At about 7 pm on an otherwise peaceful Sunday evening I was treated to a blood curdling howl from the hallway. Upon arrival my 15-year-old senior cat Porkchop was flaked out apparently immobile. Upon a cursory inspection, I noticed by virtue of a keen medical eye, that he was paralysed

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2. Pet Ethics

I have been watching with interest the British series Supervet chronicling the daily life of a veterinarian specializing in difficult orthopedic and neurological surgery mostly on dogs and cats.

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3. Climate, Political Philosophy and Lunch...

I was reviewing the literature the other day on the correlation between violence and climate. It is unsurprising that when people get uncomfortably hot, their tempers flare, they become irritable , and the likelihood of physical aggression and violence increase.

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4. Law and Psychiatry 5

I have been seeing a young forensic psychology grad student for anxiety and behavioural science tutoring. A few months ago, in not one of his more stellar decision making moments, he and his buddies smoked a joint while parked in his car in their school parking lot.

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5. Life is a Prozac Deficiency Disorder...

I read recently that the antidepressant Prozac might have utility in the treatment of autism, I have had very little experience with this disorder but had assumed it was a hard to fix a hard-wired sensory neural deficit. Prozac raises brain serotonin levels, but whether this leads to a rewiring like psychotherapy can is unclear.

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Blackdogtimes: Most Viewed Essays

Blackdogtimes: Most Viewed Essays

This is my second review of blackdogtimes stastics. My first entry on the subject revealed that vaccination refusal was number one on the hit list. I don’t have much to add to that subject except to note that fears of autism have now been replaced by religious objections:

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Philosophy and the Czech Republic

Philosophy and the Czech Republic

Back in the day I decided that my education as a liberal intellectual could not be complete without some courses in philosophy and so I signed up for a few through the University of Waterloo correspondence program.

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Of Salamanders and Mexicans

Of Salamanders and Mexicans

There are a group of residents in an Ontario town that are opposing the building of a nearby quarry. Quarries as we all know are for construction as in gravel, rocks, sand: generally the stuff of capitalist expansionism.

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Tragedy in Belize: Part Two

Tragedy in Belize: Part Two

Back in my forensic days I interviewed several murderers and one serial killer. Most were guilty of anger impulse crimes often committed under the disinibiting influence of alcohol and the courts

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Tragedy in the Banana Republic of Belize

Tragedy in the Banana Republic of Belize

A Canadian lady and her American boyfriend recently vanished after leaving a bar in Corozal Town in Northern Belize about 9 miles from the Mexican border. It is sad news that the couple was recently found deceased in a sugar cane field.

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My submissions are intended to be educational and entertaining. Black Dog Times welcomes suggestions for future articles and guest essay contributions. Contact: dral@blackdogtimes.com

Allan Seltzer MD FRCP MRCPsych

I am a retired general psychiatrist with 40 years experience in psychopharmacology and cognitive as well as psychoanalytic psychotherapy. I am board certified in Canada and the U.K. I have worked in several jurisdictions, hospitals, and institutions in Canada as well as the USA and Belize C.A. My patients have ranged in age from 3 to 96 and cover the broad spectrum of psychopathology.

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Black Dog n. (possibly of Irish origin): A bad mood, characterized by anger, depression, or a mixture of the two. Emotional malaise. An antisocial mood. Sometimes synonymous with a 'purple rain.'

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