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Discovered a cheery nice piece of music made by my favorite jazz pianist Bill Evans. It’s a number from a recent acquisition of mine the album: the definitive Bill Evans on Riverside and fantasy. Made a slideshow with it so enjoy. More about Bill Evans on a Dutch site written in English about Bill Evans. This site has an enormous amount of information about Bill Evans an his music, obviously written by a very enthusiastic fan.
The number of psychiatric residents interested in psychodynamic therapies is decreasing. Some are still very interested but this kind of psychotherapy is hardly educated anymore and therapists, supervisors are scarce.
A recent free online available brief report from a psychoanalytical group, Genden (Genève—Denver), explored the possible reasons for psychiatric residents’ hesitation to get psychoanalytic training. They interviewed 100 residents in psychiatry working for at least 4 years. This focus group of 5 psychoanalytical psychotherapists proposes ten commonsense feedbacks for psychoanalysts regarding stimulating young psychiatric residents’ interest in psychoanalytic approaches.
Three important ones to my opinion are:
- The educational center should have at least one psychoanalyst who is able to demonstrate valid psychodynamic research data in order to satisfy the scientific curiosity of psychiatric residents.
- Rigid, stereotyped, psychoanalytic behavior outside of the psychoanalytic treatment situation is not helpful in an educational context. We are not psychoanalysts all the time in our lives, and students do not want to be treated as psychoanalytic patients in an educational setting.
- During the residency training, avoid overly abstract psychoanalytical theoretical explanations and remain connected to the clinical situation. Match the teaching of complex psychoanalytic concepts to the level of the residents’ understanding.
You can read the other 7 suggestions here: Are Psychiatric Residents Still Interested in Psychoanalysis? A Brief Report.
Damsa, C., Bryois, C., Morelli, D., Cailhol, L., Adam, E., Coman, A., Stamatoiu, D., Lazignac, C., & Freymann, J. (2010). Are Psychiatric Residents Still Interested in Psychoanalysis? A Brief Report The American Journal of Psychoanalysis, 70 (4), 386-391 DOI: 10.1057/ajp.2010.30
Technology is evolving us, says Amber Case, as we become a screen-staring, button-clicking new version of homo sapiens. We now rely on “external brains” (cell phones and computers) to communicate, remember, even live out secondary lives. But will these machines ultimately connect or conquer us? Case offers surprising insight into our cyborg selves.
The Fresh Air Fund is still looking for runners to join our Fresh Air Fund-Racers team for the NYC Half-Marathon this coming March 20th. Wish I could participate, recovering from plantar fasciitis, it’s a bitch. Nevertheless 21 km is still a long distance. Don’t know if I’d manage at my age again….
We are calling all runners and Fresh Air Fund supporters to come out and either challenge themselves to run the race or join our cheering squad. The Fresh Air Fund provides runners with guaranteed entry in exchange for fundraising before race day. Entries are limited – please get in touch soon! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (212) 897-8890. Or click here to learn more about how to fundraise for the race!
The use of wax for the reproduction of organs or parts of the human body started of at the end of the 17th century. A Sicilian wax artist, Gaetano Giulio Zumbo, and a French surgeon Guillaume Desnoues worked together in making the first realistic anatomical models from colored wax.
Gaetano Giulio Zumbo produced four highly realistic compositions known as ‘Theatres of Death’, still on display at La Specola Museum, Florence, and wax anatomical models.
The most important characteristic of wax for artistic purposes is its capacity to afford a remarkable mimetic likeness far surpassing that given by any other material. It is flexible, easy to work, can be coloured, and can be adorned using organic materials such as body hair, hair, teeth and nails.
Italy was the place of birth of anatomical model waxing. In the beginning of the 19th century the art of modeling anatomical models was introduced in England. Due to their scientific worth these anatomical wax models have been spared over the last centuries mostly in hospitals or in university faculties.
The main difference between Italian waxes and those created in other countries was the real sense of beauty of the Italian waxes.
In certain cases the scientific purposes of the anatomical waxes were just an excuse for depicting a beautiful, sensual dying woman.
This difference in the approach of creating a wax body between northern and southern countries is still seen even after two centuries.
Interestingly, some artists are again using wax as a medium for their creations and the main subject is often the human body, emphasizing the connection between it and the material. They include Maurizio Cattelan (Rosenthal & Archer, 2000), Gavin Turk (Feeke, 2002), Berlinde De Bruyckere (Subotnick, 2007), and John Isaacs (Kemp & Wallace, 2000).
The border between art and craft remains illusive when it comes to wax modeling.
Ballestriero, R. (2010). Anatomical models and wax Venuses: art masterpieces or scientific craft works? Journal of Anatomy, 216 (2), 223-234 DOI: 10.1111/j.1469-7580.2009.01169.x
Today we will bring Leo Voogt to his last resting place. He died just one day before his eightieths birthday last Saturday. Shared a pleasant last Christmas with him. He enjoyed having his family around him. He enjoyed it all immensely like always. Will remember him as cheerful, honest, practical, enjoying life and a true friend and father in law. May he rest in peace.