nos-trum. pronunciation: \nos'-trum\. noun. Etymology: Latin, neuter of noster our, ours.
1. a medicine of secret composition recommended by its preparer but usually without scientific proof of its effectiveness.
2. a usually questionable remedy or scheme.
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Friday, July 23, 2010

A short video before I sign off til Monday.

If you look at "What I'm Reading" near the bottom of the Nostrums blog, you've noticed I list  One Nation Under Therapy, by Sommers and Satel.  It's funny and tragic at the same time.

The book explores how we have medicalized every event of our lives:  kids get sad that they don't win at the game of musical chairs?  Re-design the game so there are always enough chairs.  You are upset at having seen an auto accident?  You have PTSD.  

And the process of re-interpreting life's ups and downs into diagnosable conditions that require therapy goes on and on ...

In case you haven't seen it,  here's the antidote.  Many of you will recognize Lee Ermey from the movie Full Metal Jacket.


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