September 25, 1986 |
Hallucinations and "bizarre feelings" can be side effects of a pain reliever administered by Main Line neurosurgeon Samuel S. Lyness to a 17-year- old patient who later accused him of sexual assault, experts testified yesterday before a state medical-board examiner. Speaking in Norristown before Louis Seltzer, a hearing examiner for the state Board of Medical Education and Licensure, one defense witness also said that the drug, Talwin, sometimes caused sexual hallucinations, particularly in younger patients.
September 28, 1996 |
Shortly after an 82-count federal indictment accused him of stealing $3.5 million, Foundation for New Era Philanthropy president John G. Bennett Jr., said he suffers from hallucinations and is receiving psychiatric care. Bennett, 59, didn't raise mental incompetence as a reason why he shouldn't be tried, as John E. du Pont did successfully earlier this week. But Odell Guyton, Bennett's lawyer, said one psychiatrist Bennett is consulting, Dr. Robert Sadoff, also is one of du Pont's doctors.
December 3, 2012 |
Hallucinations By Oliver Sacks Alfred A. Knopf. 352 pp. $26.95 --- Popular science becomes more intense, more engaging, and more profound when provided by a true expert. It is rare, indeed, when such an expert is also a talented writer. Psychiatrist and neurologist Oliver Sacks is that unique scientific raconteur, with a spellbinding gift for recording the experiences of his own patients and collecting remarkable personal anecdotes from colleagues, correspondents, and the literature.
May 27, 2011
POTTSVILLE, Pa. - An emergency injunction against the sale of the synthetic drug known as bath salts has been issued in a fifth Pennsylvania county. Schuylkill County Court Judge Jacqueline Russell issued the injunction Wednesday banning four stores from selling the chemicals. The drugs can cause extreme paranoia and hallucinations. They can be purchased for as little as $10 at some gas stations and smoke shops as well as online. Injunctions have also been issued in Lackawanna, Luzerne, Centre, and Columbia Counties.
July 22, 2013
The titles of many of Oliver Sacks' books - The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat , Seeing Voices and Musicophilia - sound like they're more likely to be found on the Magical Mystery Tour bus than in your library's nonfiction section. In his latest trek through the peculiar landscape of the brain, Hallucinations , now out on paperback, the acclaimed neurologist explores hallucinations - those he's had, those others have had and why they matter. Sacks speaks at the Free Library on Monday and hopes to get to the nearby Mutter Museum, an old favorite "which I hope has resisted attempts to modernize and sanitize," he said.
July 12, 1990 |
Convicted murderer Joseph L. Young was suffering from hallucinations and delusions that directed him to kill two Islamic scholars in 1986, three mental-health experts testified at his sentencing hearing yesterday. Young, also known as Yusef Ali, had the ability to lie but was "not smart enough to develop the intricacies" of a mental-illness defense, according to Robert L. Sadoff, a psychiatrist testifying on Young's behalf in Montgomery County Court. Sadoff and the two other expert witnesses described Young's condition as "paranoid psychosis.
March 19, 1996 |
Mob witnesses who testify for the government are often accused by defense lawyers of hallucinating. Now, there's a star government witness whose hallucinating is certified. The colorful world of Rosario Conti Bellocchi, 27, continues to unfold in one surprise after another. The latest revelation is that the Sicilian native has a history of psychiatric problems: hallucinations, depression, acute anxiety and psychopathology, according to Italian hospital records reviewed by the Daily News.
November 14, 1990 |
Glenn Alton Barhight, a Croydon man who was convicted of stealing an empty SEPTA bus and injuring 16 people during a joy ride through four counties, has been sentenced to 10 to 20 years in a state mental hospital. Montgomery County Judge S. Gerald Corso last week also ordered Barhight, 37, of Main Street, to serve 10 years' probation after his release. Barhight faced a maximum sentence of 47 1/2 to 95 years in prison after he was found guilty but mentally ill on May 24 of three counts of aggravated assault, eight counts of simple assault, two counts of reckless endangerment and one count of theft by receiving stolen property.
March 31, 1997 |
Scientists are increasingly finding that mental disorders may only be malfunctions of the physical brain, much like a broken ankle, and, perhaps, equally curable. The brain is highly specialized, and mental maladies are rooted in specific areas of the brain. Anxiety disorders may affect areas of the brain that govern emotion; schizophrenia, areas that govern hearing and sight. "By knowing where in the brain things may go wrong in mental disorders, we can target rationally designed treatments," said Steven Hyman, director of the National Institute of Mental Health.
September 19, 1997 |
In the government psychiatrist's view, Jack Bennett is quite normal - mentally speaking, that is. Bennett, the Philadelphia fund-raiser accused of masterminding a $130 million charity fraud, has no mental impairment, contrary to what Bennett's own doctors have reported, according to testimony yesterday by Dr. Park Dietz. And, because Bennett's been caught in too many lies, he can't even be considered "a religious zealot," Dietz told U.S. District Judge Edmund V. Ludwig, attempting to undercut another defense claim.