December 24, 2015 |
HOWARD BAKER spent decades helping people to sort through their most private struggles, to find a path out of the darkness of depression and addiction. In a tragic twist, homicide investigators now are sifting through Baker's private life, trying to piece together the sequence of events that led to the 75-year-old psychiatrist being found dead Monday morning in a Center City hotel. Homicide Capt. James Clark said an employee at the Rodeway Inn discovered Baker's naked body - with a leather belt wrapped around his neck - on the floor, next to the bed of his fifth-floor hotel room.
August 11, 2010
Manly Y. Brunt Jr., 83, of Wayne, a former psychiatrist at two hospitals in the Philadelphia region, died of complications from lymphoma Wednesday, Aug. 4, at Bryn Mawr Hospital. He joined the staff of Bryn Mawr in 1964, according to a son, Kenneth. He was director of the department of psychiatry from 1975 to 1986 and president of the medical staff from 1983 to 1985. Born in Winston-Salem, N.C., Dr. Brunt attended Wake Forest University, but in his sophomore year enlisted in the Navy.
March 11, 1986 |
Walter Oglesby, the Georgia man accused in the brutal 1984 machete slaying of his girlfriend, "can wear the mask of sanity for hours on end, but underneath that he is as crazy as you can be," a psychiatrist testified yesterday. The psychiatrist, Dr. John Rushton, testifying for the defense, told a Camden jury that Oglesby, 34, was insane on Sept. 29, 1984, when, in the Hillside Motor Lodge on Route 38 in Cherry Hill, he inflicted more than 50 stab wounds on Muriel Russell, then 32 and the mother of his 7-year-old son. Today, the prosecution's psychiatrist, Dr. Kenneth Weiss, is expected to take the stand to rebut the defense's contention that Oglesby was insane.
February 18, 1987 |
A psychiatrist who helped establish the professional criteria for diagnosing mental disorders testified yesterday that surrogate mother Mary Beth Whitehead is not suffering from a personality disorder, as other mental- health experts have asserted. Appearing on behalf of Whitehead at the Baby M trial, Dr. Donald F. Klein testified that Wynnewood psychiatrist Marshall D. Schechter improperly diagnosed Whitehead as having a "mixed personality disorder. " In his diagnosis, prepared for the baby's court-appointed guardian, Schechter said he used the criteria established in the third edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, referred to as DSM- III. Klein, a practicing psychiatrist in New York City and a medical professor at Columbia University, testified yesterday that he had been on the 19-member task force that helped write the manual.
May 19, 1989 |
The state Board of Medicine has filed a misconduct charge against a Brandywine Hospital psychiatrist accused of having sexual relations with a patient over an 11-year period. The administrative action accuses Dr. Kenneth R. Sandler of Malvern of having had a relationship with a 53-year-old West Chester woman who had been his patient. According to the show-cause order, the woman became a patient of the doctor in 1976 or 1977. She had been referred to Sandler by her family doctor after suffering anxiety attacks, the order says.
February 3, 2016 |
Herbert E. Mandell, 66, of Wyncote, a child and adolescent psychiatrist for many years, died Tuesday, Jan. 19, from complications of double pneumonia at Abington Hospital-Jefferson Health. Born in South Philadelphia, Dr. Mandell moved to New Jersey with his family when he was 8. He graduated from Deptford High School in 1967 as class valedictorian, attended the University of Pennsylvania on scholarship, and earned a degree from Jefferson Medical College. He completed his residency and fellowships in adult, child, and adolescent psychiatry at the Medical College of Pennsylvania.
October 10, 1988 |
Tawana Brawley's bizarre behavior in the hours following her reappearance last November formed "a biologically impossible pattern" - proof that she was "pretending to have disabilities," says a noted psychiatrist who analyzed evidence in the case. Dr. Park Elliott Dietz, one of two psychiatrists who researched the racially charged case for New York Attorney General Robert Abrams, concluded that Brawley was suffering from a "condition of malingering," in which a "patient consciously and deliberately displays false physical or emotional symptoms.
January 13, 2014 |
Maurie Pressman, 91, of Philadelphia, a psychiatrist who ran a clinic aimed at spiritual and physical wellness, died Monday, Jan. 6, of a stroke at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. As medical director and founder of the Pressman Center for Mind/Body Wellness in Society Hill Towers, North, he explored the links between traditional psychiatry and mankind's spiritual proclivities. From youth, Dr. Pressman was torn between becoming a physician or a rabbi, and that spiritual longing never ceased, he told columnist Art Carey in an August 2013 Inquirer column.
November 5, 2011 |
Mahmood Ghahramani, 84, of Meadowbrook, a psychiatrist, died Sunday, Oct. 30, of cancer at home. For 30 years, Dr. Ghahramani maintained a practice in Northeast Philadelphia, and for 20 years, until retiring in 2010, he was on the staff of the Ann Klein Forensic Center at the Trenton Psychiatric Hospital. Dr. Ghahramani was also affiliated with Lower Bucks Hospital and St. Mary Medical Center in Langhorne. He held teaching and research positions at Temple University Medical School and Hahnemann University, and often appeared as an expert witness in New Jersey Superior Courts.
January 24, 2016 |
Melvin S. Heller, 93, of Haverford, a longtime Philadelphia-area psychiatrist and professor of psychiatry at Temple University School of Medicine, died Tuesday, Jan. 12, of respiratory failure in the hospice unit at Bryn Mawr Hospital. Dr. Heller was a pioneer in the field of forensic psychiatry, a subspecialty of psychiatry, as it relates to the law. A forensic psychiatrist provides determinations such as the competency of a defendant to stand trial. In 1957, Dr. Heller and law professor Samuel Polsky cofounded Temple University's Unit in Law and Psychiatry.