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September 14, 2006 | Scott Martelle, Times Staff Writer
PSYCHIATRIST couches around the world have been the launch point for countless painful explorations into memory, repression, angst and depression. So why do we find cartoons about shrinks so funny? Bob Mankoff, the cartoon editor of the New Yorker, has a pretty detailed explanation that involves how both humor and psychoanalysis deal with base human desires, such as greed and sex, that we usually try to mask.
June 21, 2006 | Tanya Caldwell, Times Staff Writer
A periodic test that measures a man's response to erotic images is "Orwellian" because it examines his mind, not just his body, and should not be used because it deprives him of more freedom than necessary, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday. In order to be released from prison, U.S.
March 17, 2006 | Mark Magnier, Times Staff Writer
A psychiatric examination performed on a former patient held for 13 years in a police-run Chinese mental hospital has concluded that there was no cause for his detention, human rights groups said Thursday in condemning Beijing's political abuse of psychiatry.
January 1, 2006 | Irwin Savodnik, Irwin Savodnik is a psychiatrist and philosopher who teaches at UCLA.
IT'S JAN. 1. Past time to get your inoculation against seasonal affective disorder, or SAD -- at least according to the American Psychiatric Assn. As Americans rush to return Christmas junk, bumping into each other in Macy's and Best Buy, the psychiatric association ponders its latest iteration of feeling bad for the holidays. And what is the association selling? Mental illness.
April 20, 2005 | Elaine Woo, Times Staff Writer
Dr. James Q. Simmons III, who founded a groundbreaking inpatient program for severely mentally disturbed children and adolescents at UCLA's Neuropsychiatric Institute, died April 8 of cancer at his Encino home. He was 79. Simmons established the institute's program in 1962, when child psychiatry was still a relatively new field, to provide comprehensive evaluation and treatment for children and teenagers whose mental disorders were severe enough to warrant hospitalization.
January 21, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Dr. Marshall Edelson, 76, a professor emeritus of psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine who wrote nine books and numerous articles on the practice and theory of individual and group therapy, died of undisclosed causes Sunday at his home in Woodbridge, Conn. Edelson wrote several influential books in the 1960s and '70s that shaped the study of group behavior and sociotherapy.
October 2, 2004 | Mary Rourke, Times Staff Writer
John E. Mack, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, died Monday in an automobile accident in London, according to Will Bueche of the John E. Mack Institute in Cambridge, Mass. Mack, who was 74, was in England to lecture at a conference sponsored by the T. E. Lawrence Society and was hit by a car while walking across the street. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Mack's "A Prince of Our Disorder: The Life of T. E.
August 9, 2004 | Ellen Barry, Times Staff Writer
Since he retired from the Army Reserve seven years ago, Charles Ham's life has taken on a relaxed rhythm: At 67, he sees patients in the cool, quiet office of his psychiatry practice. He visits with his grandchildren. He mows the lawn. So it was a surprise to hear from the Army's human resources command last September: As a former Army psychiatrist, Ham was in a category of specialist both scarce and crucial for the war in Iraq.
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