September 7, 2012 |
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.
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.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
May 19, 2003 |
Hermann Rorschach was not the first psychiatrist to experiment with inkblots, and the origins of his famous test are not entirely clear. But, according to Rorschach lore, he may have been inspired by a 19th century parlor game called Klecksographie, or Blotto, in which participants made ink blots and then described what they saw. As a Swiss schoolboy, Rorschach was reportedly a fan of the game, even earning the nickname, "Klex."
May 30, 1990 |
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.