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Why Do We Call It Asperger’s?

murray schane state of mindI first encountered Carl, my wife’s cousin, in a high school biology class. He stood out because of his nearly white hair, eyes that were always staring past you, and a tendency to interrupt the class asking peculiar questions tangentially related to the topic being discussed—”why is a tadpole forced to become a frog?”

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One in Ten?

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While in Med school one of my friends, whom today one would call a “cis”—a totally straight guy, had a urological exam for prostatitis that involved prostatic massage. He bounced out of that clinic exclaiming, “Wow! Now I get why gay guys love anal sex.”

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When Can I Touch You?

murray schane state of mindWhile in high school I volunteered to read to the blind. The program assigned me to Robert, a pixie-ish young man who was a music student at the local college. Though he read braille fluently and books on tape were available, the texts he needed were only in print.

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Golfing While America Burns

murray schane state of mindTrump declared a national emergency, then flew off to Mar-a-Lago to play golf all day. Was that a Nero-fiddling-while-Rome-burns moment?

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The Gilded Age, Version 2019

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Between 1870 and 1900 the country was severely divided between the haves and the have-nots. Today the division is veering toward the have-too-much and the have-much-less. The social benefits programs—social security and welfare—and the growing plenitude of minimum wage jobs stave off the extremely abject poverty of that first gilded age.

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What to Do About Death

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A year ago my best friend died. As an MD I have, of course, been exposed to death, dying and the dead.

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Vaginal Folds

The Women’s March arrives today with its smarting edge of anti-semitism. No one should be surprised that leaders of a humanitarian cause do not believe in universal humanitarianism. Xenophobia is inherently human, though efforts to resist racism, sexism, and all such derisive and divisive attitudes should prevail. Women are not exempt.

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Penis Power and Prowess

The penis always hangs in a balance, physically, metaphorically and mentally. The penis is every man’s glory and shame as well as both his driving and failing force. The penis is an arrow (in shape as well as function) equipped for some potential target. How has it come to seem more than it is?

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Sex, Lies, and Power

murray schane state of mind“Male and female He created them.”

Sexual dimorphism, the physical differences between the male and female of all animals, have created in humans a vast social and cultural medley. Reproduction in most “lower” animals defines and delimits the relationship between males and females. “Higher” animals go beyond reproduction to acquire attachments sometimes based on caring for offspring and on affection. Humans have outdone them all. We have evolved a more complex, much more diverse story.

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