Enviromedics: The Impact of Climate Change on Human Health by Jay Lemery, MD, and Paul Auerbach, MD, is a wide-reaching yet concise review of the evidence for the health consequences of climate change. One of the strengths of this work is the authors’ assertion that while the environmental, geopolitical, and economic consequences of climate change […]
Diet as a Treatment for Depression?
Around the turn of the fourth century BCE, Hippocrates wrote, “Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food,” and with this same frame of mind, pondered the nature of mental illness. He believed that depression was caused by an overabundance of black bile and that insanity (hysteria) was, at least in females, due […]
The Dunning-Kruger Effect
The Dunning-Kruger effect is a cognitive bias that was first described in a 1999 paper by David Dunning and Justin Kruger. In it, they described the results of several studies where individuals who scored low on various measures of cognitive ability tended to overestimate their knowledge or skill in a particular domain, while those who […]