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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.
September 7, 2012 | By Nick Owchar
Is there room for a novel about Baruch Spinoza in a publishing market crowded with supernatural creatures and kinky romance? Irvin D. Yalom thinks so. In fact, there's plenty of room to describe the life of the 17th century Jewish philosopher, which is the focus of his most recent novel, “The Spinoza Problem” (Basic Books: $25.99). Yalom's career contains many professions - professor of psychiatry (emeritus, Stanford University), psychiatrist in private practice, best-selling author - yet they're all connected.
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.
June 6, 2011 | Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times/For the Booster Shots Blog
People with a diagnosis of obsessive-compulsive disorder can often shake their family tree and find a relative who has also contended with obsessive thoughts, hoarding, repetitive hand-washing, behavior in which locks and stove burners are checked over and over again or elaborate rituals must be followed for daily life to proceed. The disorder seems to have some genetic component. But even related people with obsessive-compulsive disorder often exhibit different behavioral symptoms from one another, suggesting that some of the disorder behaviors are learned.
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