July 22, 1990 |
Dr. Karl A. Menninger was eulogized Saturday as the man who brought psychiatry out of the "snake pit" era and gave new hope to the mentally ill. About 1,000 people, including Gov. Mike Hayden and Rep. Jim Slattery (D-Kan.), packed the First Presbyterian Church for services for the psychiatrist, who died Wednesday of abdominal cancer. He would have been 97 today.
September 4, 1990 |
Since Buena Park Community Hospital shut down its money-losing medical surgical business three years ago and converted to a psychiatric hospital, it has managed to stop its losses and even eke out a small profit most of the time. But it's not exactly thriving. "In today's health-care market, if you are breaking even or making a small profit, you are doing all right," said Earl Bernard, administrator of the facility that is doing extensive national advertising and offering discounted rates.
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March 16, 2007 |
ON a crisp afternoon last fall, a police officer responding to a 911 call pulled onto an abandoned military base on the eastern edge of San Francisco Bay. Six dreary naval housing blocks, converted into apartments for down-on-their-luck veterans, had been painted with labels meant to inspire: Hope, Resolve. The door to Apartment B, in the building called Courage, was open. The man who had summoned police, Kanuri Qawi, was waiting casually in the doorway, a glass of soda in his hand.
October 18, 1989 |
The World Psychiatric Assn. voted early today to readmit the Soviet Union after a six-year absence, subject to suspension if the Soviets have not ended the misuse of psychiatry against dissidents. A motion for conditional readmission of the official Soviet All-Union Society of Psychiatrists and Narcologists passed 291 votes to 45, with 19 abstentions. The United States voted in favor.
October 1, 2010
The American Psychiatric Assn. , which labored to bring forth a revision of psychiatry's “Bible” earlier this year, has just released a more modest opus likely to generate much discussion among mental health professionals. With the release on Friday of its “Practice Guideline for Treatment of Patients with Major Depressive Disorder,” the nation's leading psychiatric association makes a number of subtle adjustments to its past treatises on depression and its treatment. The new guideline is the first comprehensive update of the organization's guidelines for depression treatment since 2000.
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October 30, 1992
Terminal patients have often asked me for help in ending their lives before agony ends their equanimity. Sadly, I had nothing to offer that wouldn't jeopardize me or others legally. Passage of Prop. 161 with its excellent safeguards will supply compassionate means. I hope to call upon its provisions if and when I ever need it myself. RODERIC GORNEY MD Professor of Psychiatry, UCLA/NPI
February 17, 1997 |
There is little left of the clinical research unit at Camarillo State Hospital that reshaped the world of psychiatric care. Nothing that hints at the work that propelled the treatment of mental illness out of the dark ages of asylums and lobotomies into an era of wonder drugs for schizophrenia and other disorders.
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September 25, 1989 |
They are the "thick file" patients. One week, they think they have mononucleosis. The next, perhaps after reading a newspaper article, they are just as convinced they have a brain tumor. Often, if one doctor tells them the good news--that nothing is wrong--they will go to another doctor and another, searching for a physician who can find the problem. There is a name for what ails them. Unfortunately, the real problem is usually the one diagnosis they do not believe: hypochondria.
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.