Reviewing Alan Gelenberg’s Blog

Dr Alan Gelenberg writes the ‘Biological Therapies in Psychiatry‘ newsletter which has been running for 30 years. He also has a blog which can be found here. The blog appears to be self-hosted and uses the wordpress platform. At the time of writing the blog uses the Green Park 2 theme which features a light blue background with a white central pane.  On the right side of the central pane, the reader can navigate using categories, recent posts as well as a calendar with hypertext links to the articles. Articles are dated, titled and feature category tags as well as being comment enabled.

The first post details Dr Gelenberg’s move to Penn State Hershey Medical College and dates back to May 2010. My impression of the articles are that they would appeal to those with a background in psychiatry. A number of themes emerge including a discussion of services and guidelines around medication. For instance in this article Gelenberg writes about the development of guideliness on treatment of depression. In this article, Gelenberg writes about some of the difficulties in DSM-III as well as the risks inherent in a checklist approach to diagnosis. By ignoring features such as body language and intonation he suggests that there are  ‘lyrics no music’. Indeed the importance of these features are frequently written about (e.g see here). Elsewhere Gelenberg writes about the importance of negative trials. There is a very interesting post on working within the limits of temperament here.

In his blog, Gelenberg shares his insights into psychiatry with a relaxed style that engages the reader.

Index: An index of the site can be found here. The page contains links to all of the articles in the blog in chronological order. Twitter: You can follow ‘The Amazing World of Psychiatry’ Twitter by clicking on this link. Podcast: You can listen to this post on Odiogo by clicking on this link (there may be a small delay between publishing of the blog article and the availability of the podcast). It is available for a limited period. TAWOP Channel: You can follow the TAWOP Channel on YouTube by clicking on this link. Responses: If you have any comments, you can leave them below or alternatively e-mail Disclaimer: The comments made here represent the opinions of the author and do not represent the profession or any body/organisation. The comments made here are not meant as a source of medical advice and those seeking medical advice are advised to consult with their own doctor. The author is not responsible for the contents of any external sites that are linked to in this blog.


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