Author: Dylan Luyten, MD
- Johannes Hoffer coined term Nostalgia in 1688 in his medical dissertation.
- Nostalgia was a formal medical diagnosis, and one that dates back to 17th century when soldiers had longing for home and melancholy with a constellation of symptoms including lethargy, sadness, disturbed sleep, heart palpitations, GI complaints, and/or skin findings for which the only cure was to return home.
- In the civil war, over 5000 soldiers were given medical leave for nostalgia.
- Always remember to view your patient in the appropriate context (psychosocial, cultural, historical, etc.)
Beck, J. (2013, August 14). When Nostalgia Was a Disease. Retrieved March 08, 2018, from https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2013/08/when-nostalgia-was-a-disease/278648/
Podcast #221: Walking Corpse Syndrome
Author: Erik Verzemnieks, M.D.
- Walking Corpse Syndrome (aka Cotard Delusion) is a very rare psychiatric disorder that leads to the belief that one is a “walking corpse”.
- Often co-presents with depression, schizophrenia, and starvation.
- Responds to ECT.
Run Time: 4 minutes
Author: Dr. Michael Hunt
- Ketamine is a dissociative anesthetic that can be used for sedation, anesthesia, or to calm down agitated patients.
- Can be given IV at 1-2 mg per kilo or IM at 4-5 mg per kilo every ten minutes and will last anywhere from five to thirty minutes depending on administration.
- Complications include laryngospasm (1%), increased IC pressure, increased ocular pressure, rash (15%), and acute psychosis.
Link to Podcast: http://medicalminute.madewithopinion.com/ketamine/