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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.
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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.
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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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May 18, 2004 | Benedict Carey, Times Staff Writer
He is a big man with a sweep of white hair who lives in a small apartment by the sea, not far from the San Jose hospital where a doctor gouged his brain with a steel wand more than 40 years ago. The doctor had recommended the operation, and Howard's parents agreed to it. They thought it was the only way to relieve their 12-year-old son's "adolescent anxiety," to subdue his anger, to set his life straight. It didn't work out that way.
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May 15, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
State officials have levied $54,000 in penalties against operators of Alameda County's psychiatric hospital over alleged lax procedures that may have led to the death of a physician. A citation alleging four violations was issued by Cal/OSHA this week to the Alameda County Medical Center, which runs the John George Psychiatric Pavilion in San Leandro. Dr. Erlinda Ursua, 60, died in November after allegedly being beaten and strangled by a patient.
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September 19, 2003 | From Staff and Wire Reports
J. Christian Gillin, 65, a professor of psychiatry at UC San Diego who was also an authority on sleep and mood disorders, died Saturday of esophageal cancer at a hospice in San Diego. According to the university, Gillin focused his work on the antidepressant effects of sleep deprivation. He believed that sleep deprivation was an excellent experimental model for the study of antidepressant treatments and could lead to new, rapidly acting treatments based upon new models of brain function.
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August 4, 2003 | Benedict Carey, Times Staff Writer
To break the maddening cycle of their own thoughts, some psychiatric patients have had wires surgically implanted inside their brains. Others have surgeons burn tiny holes in the middle of their brains, for the same purpose. The procedures are a last resort, an attempt to fix stubborn mental problems by operating directly on the neural circuitry itself.
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June 30, 2003 | Benedict Carey, Times Staff Writer
Over the last two years, doctors have diagnosed Andrea Robinson with half a dozen severe mental disorders and prescribed her a series of strong medications, including antidepressants and an antipsychotic. Her parents are beside themselves. Andrea is 5 years old. "It's a very difficult situation," Tammy Robinson of Ottawa said about her daughter, who appears to suffer the telltale mood swings of bipolar disorder and is now responding well to a mood-stabilizing drug.
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June 9, 2003 | Judy Foreman, Special to The Times
The science of brain scanning may be on the brink of revolutionizing the intuitive art of psychiatry, one of the few areas of medicine in which a doctor's educated guess is still the most common route to a diagnosis. Brain scanning is still too young a science to be used for routine diagnosis of common psychiatric ills.
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May 26, 2003 | Elissa Ely, Special to The Times
In the last few months, two people in our psychiatric community have committed suicide. They were known as patients to their therapists, but not to us. We knew them as staff. One was a psychiatrist, one a psychiatric nurse who finished his regular shift before killing himself. There is something especially disturbing about the idea of mental health professionals taking their own lives. For one thing, it dispatches the comforting idea that knowledge is control.
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