Misguided Standards of Care - Boston Globe Op-ed

June 19, 2007

As a doctor, I did the nearly unthinkable at a recent conference on bipoloar disorder in children. I charged another doctor with moral responsibility in the death last December of Rebecca Riley, a 4 -year-old girl from Hull.

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A Spank Can Work When Time Out Fails

(First originally appeared on 1/25/07 in the San Francisco Chronicle)

Legislation proposed by Assemblywoman Sally Lieber that would make spanking a child under age 4 illegal has set off a maelstrom of reactions, mostly negative, from across a wide spectrum of state officials and the man/woman on the street.

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Ritalin Abuse (San Francisco Chronicle, March 24, 2006)

The Food and Drug Administration's pediatric advisory committee earlier this week not surprisingly failed to support an earlier recommendation to affix black-box warning labels of sudden death on bottles of Ritalin, the FDA's most severe action short of banning the use of the drug for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). There were moments at Wednesday's hearing that looked staged, and as if they were intended to get a different verdict from a friendlier jury.

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