Podcast #304: Nostalgia

Author: Dylan Luyten, MD

Educational Pearls

  • 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

Podcast #221: Walking Corpse Syndrome

Author: Erik Verzemnieks, M.D.

Educational Pearls

  • 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.

References: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cotard_delusion

Podcast #15: Ketamine!

Run Time: 4 minutese302afab-8674-450e-b3fd-aa3095617d67

Author: Dr. Michael Hunt

Educational Pearls:

  • 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/