Elliott B. Martin Jr, MD

Articles

Is It Time to Do Away With Psychiatry?

September 23, 2020

Psychiatry, at this moment anyway, remains blood-test and imaging-free. It offers the last frontier of semi-free thought to the thinking person who wishes to enter medicine. More in this opinion piece.

Mass Murder in the Digital Age

January 09, 2020

Recognizing violent incidents as “acts of domestic terrorism” contribute nothing toward our understanding of the mental processes that drive such behavior. More in this commentary.

To Invoke or Not to Invoke: Tarasoff Is the Question

September 27, 2019

The author presents for consideration and discussion two personal stories in which the so-called Tarasoff Rule, or the “duty to warn” a threatened third party, was invoked. One was arguably appropriate; the other, arguably not.

Managing Ebola: An Archaeology of Disease

July 02, 2015

Playing helpless witness to a growing epidemic with no cure takes us back in time. The Hippocratics called it the “art” of medicine. It does not take a psychiatrist, however, to see that this “artful” approach frequently fails in public health crises.