On a Few Thoughts

Monday Musings” for Monday January 20, 2014

Volume  IV,  No. 3/159

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Significant Date

By Assad Meymandi, MD, PhD, DLFAPA*

There is a significant event which took place on Jan 25.  According to the work of scholars of the New Testament, January 25 was the day Saul converted to Paul on his way to Damascus. The three Doctors of Latin in the Catholic Church, namely St Jerome (347-420), Saint Augustine of Hippo (354-430), and Saint Ambrose (337-397), along with scores of other scholars including Pope Gregory (540-604), Saint Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274, author of Suma Theologica) and Saint Anthony of the Desert (251-356) all agree that conversion of Saint Paul took place on this holy day, namely Jan 25. May this awareness enrich everyone’s intellect and faith.

Letter to the Editor, The Economist

Stories about fake bills being printed and circulated appear in the newspapers frequently. One wonders if printing money is fraudulent, bearing grave consequences of long prison terms, why nobody arrests the US administration, US Congress, Federal Reserve, US Treasury Department, and for that matter the World Monetary Fund. They print money in the trillions with no accountability or responsibility. Why do they not get arrested and prosecuted?

AM

 Delirium Tremens

Alcohol Intoxication and Alcohol Withdrawal

For some reason, last few years infusion of a massive stimulus by our government into the retrenched and dying economy and later withdrawing it reminds me of the parallel in alcohol intoxication and alcohol withdrawal both of which cause delirium tremens (DTs) and are potentially fatal. Although I am not an economist, I see very little wisdom in the government’s drunken behavior and wild mood swings. I wish Washington would act more thoughtfully and avoid these dangerous DT- like gyrations.

AM

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*The writer is Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry, University of North Carolina School of Medicine at Chapel Hill, Distinguished Life fellow American Psychiatric Association, and Founding Editor and Editor-in-Chief, Wake County Physician Magazine (1995-2012). He serves as a Visiting Scholar and lecturer on Medicine, the Arts and Humanities at his alma mater the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health.

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