Exam 2 results are up

The results for Exam 2 are now posted on Moodle. You guys did great! The mean was 43.59 (87.2%), the high was 50 (100%), and the low was 31 (62%). Quiz 4 is posted too, and I’m about halfway through the questions on Substance Use Disorder (so if you don’t have your points yet, don’t worry, I just haven’t gotten to you yet).

Substance use disorder resources

There are a lot of excellent resources available if you would like to learn more about what substance use disorder is, and how you can help your patients. Here are a few.


Alcoholics Anonymous.
Still the program with the highest recovery rate around. Take a look around the site, check out the Big Book (the AA “Bible” – read and reread by alcoholics everywhere), and note all the literature and resources available online for health care and other professionals. You can also find a meeting, or help someone else find a meeting – here are the lists for AA meetings in Minneapolis and St. Paul.

Minnesota Recovery Connection
These guys are not affiliated with any specific recovery program (AA or otherwise). They are just a great community group that provides peer-to-peer recovery support, public education, and advocacy.

And if you have a family member or close friend that is a problem drinker (or user), Alanon can be a lifesaver. Here are the lists of alanon meetings in the Twin Cities area.


Drinking: A Love Story, by Caroline Knapp.

Lit: A Memoir, by Mary Karr.

Nice Girls Don’t Drink, by Sarah Haffner.

Broken, by Bill Moyers.

Tweak, by Nic Sheff.

Substance use disorder questions

Instead of having multiple-choice questions on this lecture on the exam, I thought the material might be better addressed by asking some open-ended questions. So I wrote a few questions as I listened to today’s lecture. Please go through and answer them  based on what you learned today. I’ll read through them and if you missed a major point, or if I have other comments, I’ll drop you an email. I’ll add 10 points to your total course score for thoughtfully going through this exercise.

I hope you came away from today’s lecture with a little more understanding of substance use disorder. Please let me know if you have any comments or suggestions for this area of the course.

Open the questions here.

David Bowie’s last videos

In January of this year, a couple days after releasing Blackstar, David Bowie died of complications related to liver cancer. I was totally blown away listening to the album, and watched both of these videos (below) with my mouth hanging open. What balls it must have taken to incorporate his own death into his final piece of art. We’ll be talking about liver cancer on Wednesday – so it’s a good time to take a study break and watch his genius.

How to death growl. Plus some nice chants.

So we were talking in class today about how there are really only a few types of sounds you use your false vocal cords for: death growls and Tibetan chanting.

Here’s a one-minute video on how to do a death growl:

And here’s a longer one that’s a little more creepy. I can’t make myself watch the whole thing, so caveat emptor:

And here’s a nice one of some Tibetan monks chanting.

In Mongolia, Tuva, and Siberia, it’s called Tuvan throat singing: