Sally Satel

Everyone Is Asking the Wrong Questions About E-Cigarettes
April 29, 2014

The most important factor is whether they're healthier than traditional cigarettes.

Are You Dead Yet?
May 15, 2012

In The Undead, Dick Teresi abdicates his role as an objective narrator. He accuses the medical profession of sloppiness in the way it determines death

Ordering Disorder
May 12, 2011

Where does psychological health end and mental illness begin? This is the question that Richard J. McNally, a Harvard psychologist, asks in his new bo

Drugs and Money
October 19, 2010

As any faithful reader of the New York Times knows, the medical profession has suffered some serious self-inflicted wounds: high-profile physicians po

The Battle Over Addiction, Part Two
March 25, 2010

One of the major empirical contributions of Heymans’s book is the fact that cessation of drugs and alcohol is the rule, not the exception. This is not

Addiction and Freedom
March 15, 2010

Addiction: A Disorder of Choice is an invaluable tutorial in how to think about drug addiction. Moreover, this methodical, clear, and concise book is

The Right (and Wrong) Answers
January 13, 2010

The matter of ethical expertise—what it looks like, who can claim it—is a profound one. Bioethics’ place in the academy, in the clinical realm, and in

Science and Sorrow
February 27, 2008

The Loss of Sadness: How Psychiatry Transformed Normal Sorrow into Depressive Disorder By Allan V. Horwitz and Jerome C. Wakefield (Oxford University Press, 287 pp., $29.95) I. In the early 1970s, annual meetings of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) were home to angry showdowns between the gay rights lobby and organized psychiatry. Activists picketed convention sites, shouted down speakers, and waged ad hominem attacks on psychiatrists who sincerely believed that homosexuality was a sickness.