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Medical roundtable; 'The Urge: Our History of Addiction'

Beijing Olympics
Pavel Golovkin
An Olympic worker in protective gear prepares to take a swab sample for a COVID-19 test at the Beijing Capital International Airport ahead of the 2022 Winter Olympics, Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2022, in Beijing.

Groundhog Day was earlier this week. Bill Murray’s time loop might feel reminiscent of the COVID-19 cycle we are stuck in of masking, social distancing, vaccinating and boosting, relaxing, celebrating major holidays, new COVID surge. Two years into the pandemic, the virus still dominates headlines along with other breaking health news. Our medical roundtable breaks down these stories and answers your questions about what’s going on in medical news.


  • Dr. Chirag Patel, assistant chief medical officer, UF Health Jacksonville, and assistant professor in the Department of Medicine and Division of General Internal Medicine at the University of Florida.
  • Dr. Jeff Goldhagen, professor and chief of the Division of Community and Societal Pediatrics at UF College of Medicine, Jacksonville; and the former director of the Duval County Health Department.
  • Dr. Jen Cowart, hospitalist in Jacksonville and co-founder of the group Doctors Fighting COVID.

'The Urge: Our History of Addiction'
Outside the throws of the pandemic, America’s addiction crisis dominated headlines. Millions of folks struggle with the overwhelming human urge to engage in compulsions, and there aren’t many addictions yet to be codified in psychiatric journals. Dr. Carl Erik Fisher addresses the history of addiction and society, and what the medical profession does to manage the concept of dependence, in his new book The Urge: Our History of Addiction.

Guest: Dr. Carl Erik Fisher, psychiatrist and author of "The Urge: Our History of Addiction."

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