From Gypsy to The Sopranos, what do real psychotherapists think of TV shrinks?
The Sopranos put a mobster through analysis. Now Gypsy is making a psychotherapist the star of the show. Does TV get it right – or is gross malpractice just dramatically inevitable?This is the age of the fictional psych, instantly canonised in the person of Tony Soprano ’s analyst, Jennifer Melfi, beautifully developed by Gabriel Byrne withIn Treatment, and given a shonky Netflix-over by Naomi Watts inGypsy.WhenThe Sopranos came out, the richness of the territory was astonishing; I sometimes wondered not why it hadn ’t much been done before, but why all TV series didn’t do it, why PresidentJosiah Bartlet wasn ’t also in therapy, and The Wire’sStringer Bell, and Breaking Bad ’sWalter White. It was such a stunningly obvious way to zoom in and out of character, develop metaphor – it was as if someone had invented a new kind of camera.Continue reading...
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We describe the clinical course of a 2-month-old infant who was evaluated for autosomal dominant Hyper IgE Syndrome based on eczema, periorbital cellulitis, skin abscesses, increased total IgE levels and blood eosinophilia. However, scabies and nasal colonization by Panton-Valentine Leucocidin-positive S. aureus were eventually diagnosed. After specific treatment, the child was asymptomatic.
This report describes the first Enterovirus D68 detections in acute flaccid paralysis cases occurring between December 2015 and March 2016 in Spain.
A 13-year-old male patient presented with a complaint of swelling of the left eye starting 3 days ago. Bullous lesion and purulent discharge were present on his left eyelids. Bacillus anthracis was shown in culture and diagnosis was confirmed. Oculocutaneous anthrax is a rare condition, but the diagnosis should be considered in patients with a painless necrotizing ulcer.
Post-malaria neurologic syndrome (PMNS) is a rare complication following a Plasmodium falciparum infection and its pathophysiology remains unclear. This is the first report of a pediatric PMNS following an infection acquired in Africa and the fourth description of pediatric PMNS overall. Neither intrathecal synthesis of Immunoglobin G nor specific P. falciparum antibodies were found in the cerebrospinal fluid.