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  • Is Empathy Good or Bad?
    July 27, 2017 | Comments

    Since Donald Trump’s election in November 2016, many emotions have been swirling around in the American public. Some people feel enraged. Some feel vindicated. Others feel scared. Still others feel perplexed and helpless. But there’s one emotion, one that’s perhaps uniquely human in many ways, that’s gotten a particularly sustained amount of attention: empathy. In […]

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  • A Visit to CERN
    July 13, 2017 | Comments

    I recently took a great trip to France and Switzerland, where I had the opportunity to visit Geneva. There are many great things to do see and do in Geneva. Most visitors love to walk around the gorgeous lake, stroll through the old town where John Calvin worked and Jean-Jacques Rousseau was born, and tour […]

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  • Don’t Ignore the Science We Have
    July 6, 2017 | Comments

    Dr. Rachel L. Moster, MD is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University. Psychiatrists often lament that we have less reliable scientific evidence to support our treatment decisions that do other medical specialists. The brain is by far the most complicated organ in the body and figuring out exactly how our medications work and which […]

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