Our friend made something about the fact that in a Tweet I posted in early 2016 I associated the term “baby aspirin,” which he had recommended for heart health, with the fact that his infant nephew was born in February 2016. I Tweeted something to the effect, “I wonder if this little chappie takes baby aspirin” accompanied by a photo (from Facebook) of our friend’s infant nephew.
Our friend suggested that my association of infant nephew with baby aspirin was the product of “mental health issues,” as he so felicitously described them. There can be problems in a person’s executive function (often associated with schizophrenia) so that the individual has issues surrounding cognitive inhibition. Such an issue might promote odd associations in the schizophrenic.
First of all I have high executive functioning. I achieved a perfect score on a test of executive functioning (the Wisconsin Card Sorting Test). But there is more than this. Paradoxically, issues relating to cognitive inhibition are related also to creativity and intelligence. See, e.g.,Benedek, M. “Differential effects of cognitive inhibition and intelligence on creativity.”
So let’s take that as an admission by our friend: “I skipped class the day my psych professor reviewed cognition.” Let’s add that to the list: “I failed to recommend a banana a day to a patient for whom I prescribed a diuretic.”
But wait. But there’s more.
I saw our friend for the first time on September 29, 2015. I specifically recall him asking me, “Did you ever have a heart attack?” I specifically recall saying, “No, I’ve never had heart disease of any kind.” So our friendly doctor had concerns about my heart health as of September 29, 2015 (I was 61 at the time) — but failed to recommend daily baby aspirin. I’ll add that to the list of admissions: “I sometimes fail to recommend baby aspirin to older patients who should be taking daily baby aspirin.”
Our friend’s nephew was born in February 2016. I knew that. (Our friend and his family love to broadcast personal facts about themselves on Facebook and in the pages of The Washington Post, don’t you know?) And I found it psychologically intriguing that he only recommended baby aspirin in February or March 2016 after his brother’s baby was born — as if the birth of the doctor’s nephew was a trigger, as if he had babies on his mind.
My Tweet was a psychological insight about the doctor and a reference to his lapse of medical judgment on September 29, 2015, that is, his failure to recommend baby aspirin at that point in time.
That’s the story. Not that any sane person would care. Ordinarily D.C. Superior Court doesn’t concern itself with Tweets about baby aspirin, I’m sure, but hey, there’s always a first time.
Graduated with honors from medical school, my arse! Oh, sorry.