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.
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.
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.
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.
June 17, 2014 |
Services are set for Monday, June 16, for Paul J. Fink, 81, a gifted psychiatrist, educator, national leader in his field, and physician who emphasized the need to help troubled young people, especially witnesses to violent crime. Dr. Fink, of Merion and later Center City, died Wednesday, June 4, of complications from a stroke at Hahnemann University Hospital. He had been chairman of psychiatry at Thomas Jefferson University from 1976 to 1984, and later at Albert Einstein Medical Center and the Belmont Center for Comprehensive Treatment Dr. Fink began his teaching career at Hahnemann and continued it at various hospitals for 60 years, said his son David, also a Philadelphia psychiatrist.
March 3, 1987 |
Testifying at the Baby M trial yesterday, a psychiatrist hired by attorneys for William and Elizabeth Stern said that Mary Beth Whitehead has a "mix of personality difficulties" and that her husband, Richard, suffers from "intermittent alcoholism. " The psychiatrist, Dr. Allwyn J. Levine, recommended that the court award custody of the 11-month-old girl to the Sterns, of Tenafly, Bergen County, and also terminate Mary Beth Whitehead's legal rights as the child's mother. The latter step is necessary if Elizabeth Stern is to adopt the child.
May 23, 2011
Kenneth R. Weller, 63, of St. Davids, a psychiatrist, died of cancer Sunday, May 8, under hospice care at Bryn Mawr Hospital. Dr. Weller maintained a practice in Bryn Mawr and was a consulting psychiatrist at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania; the Children's Home in Mount Holly; the Community Alternatives group home and shelter in Cherry Hill; Brookfield Academy in Cherry Hill, for children with behavioral and personality disorders; and...
January 28, 1989 |
Dr. Harry D. Sugar was in an "altered state of conciousness" when he injected his wife with a lethal dose of sedatives and buried her under his back-yard picnic table nearly a decade ago, according to a defense psychiatrist who has examined Sugar extensively. Sugar, a former Vineland physician on trial a second time for the death of his wife, Joan, was a "very passive individual who has modeled himself after two men, Gandhi and (Albert) Schweitzer," Robert Sadoff, a Jenkintown psychiatrist, told a Gloucester County jury yesterday.