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October 14, 1989
Kitty Dukakis, describing herself as an alcoholic and drug addict, Friday urged doctors at a World Congress of Psychiatry to avoid prescribing drugs that may cause addiction. "I urge you psychiatrists not to give in to our society's urge for a quick fix, not to rush to identify drugs as the first solution to your patient's problem," said Dukakis, wife of Massachusetts Gov. Michael S. Dukakis.
Unable to withstand heavy competition and continuing losses, Midwood Community Hospital in Stanton has stopped admitting medical and surgical patients and is expanding its psychiatric services. Robert I. Mawhinney, Midwood administrator, said Tuesday that the 110-bed hospital shut down its general surgical and medical operations early this month and is now exclusively treating the mentally ill.
January 23, 1989 | Times science writer Thomas H. Maugh II reports from the meeting of the American Assn . for the Advancement of Science held last week in San Francisco. and
Half of sexual abusers of children have damage to the right temporal lobe of the brain, and 40% of sadistic rapists have similar damage to their left temporal lobe, according to psychiatrist Ron Langevin of the Clarke Institute of Psychiatry in Canada. The temporal lobes are the portion of the brain that mediates actions from conception to execution, including the assessment of potential consequences.
November 12, 1987 | Associated Press
Arbitrary diagnosis, abuse of power and bribery have tainted Soviet psychiatry, and a citizen can be ruled insane simply for not kowtowing to employers, a Soviet daily said Wednesday in a remarkable expose for the state-controlled media here. "Psychiatric science and practice have long ago been shut off from openness by a high and solid fence," the Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper said. "Behind the fence, there is lawlessness," it added.
May 15, 1988 | HARRY NELSON, Times Medical Writer
The Kashnekov City-State Hospital, with its 2,700 beds, is a sprawling complex of gray buildings that resembles many another aging mental institutions. It stands amid a small birch forest in what was once a countryside, far enough from the city to provide a barrier of distance between society and the patients.
April 19, 1992 | KATHLEEN HENDRIX
Women on the way to majority in the fields of psychology and psychiatry have not brought universal joy for men and women in those professions. Although many look forward to the diversity of thought and approach the change may bring, they also are uneasy about what this demographic shift will mean for their professions. Will there be a loss of status and prestige? Will there be a loss of income? There is good reason to worry. Last November, the American Psychological Assn.
January 6, 1989 | CHARLES P. WALLACE, Times Staff Writer
In what may mark a turning point in the Soviet Union's use of psychiatric facilities to punish dissent, Moscow's chief psychiatrist said Thursday that he has recommended the release of the last remaining patients detained for anti-Soviet activity. Vladimir A. Tikhonenko, the chief psychiatric physician for the Soviet capital, said in an interview with The Times that an official commission has examined four inmates of Moscow mental clinics Thursday and recommended their release.
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