Author | Cynthia Geppert, MD, MA, MPH, MSBE, DPS, FAPM


It’s Time to Use Our Moral Imagination

June 23, 2020


Dr Cynthia Geppert invites listeners to have the courage to use their imagination to rebuild a better and kinder world

Psychiatric Questions, Queries, and Quarrels

June 29, 2017


In psychiatry, hot debates abound if you just look around-and if this Special Report collection is any indication, the result is a balance of opinion and civility made richer by virtue of opposing views.

Introduction: More Dives and Intellectual Jujitsu

May 31, 2017


An overview of the DSM diagnostic system, the medicalization of normal variants of human behavior, and physician-assisted suicide.

Introduction: Deep Dives and Intellectual Jujitsu

April 29, 2017


This special report on controversies in psychiatry examines the pros and cons of assisted outpatient treatment and also antidepressant use in pregnancy.

To Google or Not to Google? Is “Patient-Targeted” Googling Ethical?

January 30, 2017


How would you handle information about a patient obtained from an Internet search? Take the quiz.

To Google or Not to Google? This Is the Question

October 12, 2016


“Googling” a patient does not seem much different from the old-fashioned obtaining of collateral information, but the ramifications may be far more than you bargain for.

Bioethical Challenges for Psychiatrists: Determination of Decisional Capacity

July 26, 2016


The authors parse myths and facts about decisional capacity, with the goal of preserving patients' dignity and autonomy and helping you mediate conflicts, meet bioethical challenges, and provide compassionate resolutions.

Blood, Truth-and the Decision to Transfuse

June 17, 2016


Does this patient have decision making capacity to refuse a blood transfusion that will likely save his life? You are the ethics consultant, and the decision is yours.

Of Blood and Truth

May 02, 2016


Ethics case quiz: A patient's inconsistent decisions regarding treatment are cause for concern. What to do?

A Rational Suicide? Case Consultation and Quiz Commentary

July 27, 2015


The author offers a brief commentary in response to feedback from readers of a previously published case.