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March 11, 1986 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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February 3, 2016 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Staff Writer
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.
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February 18, 1987 | By Carolyn Acker, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
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.
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January 13, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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May 19, 1989 | By Frederick Cusick and Suzanne Gordon, Inquirer Staff WriterS
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.
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October 10, 1988 | By Richard T. Pienciak, New York Daily News
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.
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November 5, 2011 | By Sally A. Downey, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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March 3, 1987 | By Carolyn Acker, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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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...
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January 28, 1989 | By Ralph Cipriano, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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July 25, 2016 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Staff Writer
A memorial service will be Sunday, July 24, for Oscar R. Weiner, 92, of Bala Cynwyd, a physician and practicing psychiatrist who died Wednesday, June 29, of heart disease at the Lankenau Hospital hospice. Well before the advent of drugs as a standard treatment for mental illness, Dr. Weiner dealt with patients suffering from anxiety, addiction, depression, and stress by talking them through their problems. In time, the talk therapy that he practiced gave way to psychotropic drugs, leaving Dr. Weiner feeling like "a dinosaur," his family said.
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May 5, 2016 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Staff Writer
Before the mid-'70s, a psychiatrist would have been mad to admit he was gay. Quite literally. At the time, homosexuality was listed as a mental illness in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders . Philadelphia psychiatrist John Ercel Fryer, however, did just that in 1972 - and of all places at the American Psychiatric Association's annual conference in Dallas. "I am a homosexual. I am a psychiatrist," he said, opening a now-famous speech. To protect himself - he already had lost a job at the University of Pennsylvania because he was gay - he wore a rubber Halloween mask, calling himself Dr. H. Anonymous.
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April 20, 2016
ISSUE | SUICIDE Making a difference Kevin Hines, who survived a jump off the Golden Gate Bridge, said the act of a stranger might avert a tragedy ("As Penn grapples with suicide, one man's tale," Friday). It brought to mind an experience I had about 20 years ago on the Ben Franklin Bridge. I was bicycling to the Jersey Shore when I noticed a woman at an overlook on the bridge with her pocketbook on the ground. By chance, my riding companion was a psychiatrist. We stopped, he spoke with her, and she admitted that she was thinking of jumping.
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March 25, 2016 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Staff Writer
Richard G. Lonsdorf, 93, of Gladwyne, a professor of psychiatry and law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and a nationally known expert on the insanity defense, died Friday, March 18. Dr. Lonsdorf died of congestive heart failure at the Waverly Heights retirement community. In the 1950s, Dr. Lonsdorf, by then a psychiatrist, agreed to help the school develop a course in forensic law, dealing with legal issues relating to the criminal mind. The course became a mainstay of the curriculum, and Dr. Lornsdorf taught it for more than 40 years to generations of Philadelphia lawyers and judges.
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February 3, 2016 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Staff Writer
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.
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January 24, 2016 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Staff Writer
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.
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January 14, 2016 | By Anndee Hochman, For The Inquirer
From the time she was 5 or 6, Susan knew she wanted to be a lawyer. She was equally certain she wanted to be a mother. But in the darkest and most turbulent times of her life, she didn't think either of those dreams was possible. By the time she was in college, Susan had twice attempted suicide; in law school, she developed severe anxiety and later was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. She grew paranoid; she yanked out her fingernails and toenails. Finally, in desperation, she checked herself in to a psychiatric ward.
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December 31, 2015
Robert Spitzer, 83, a psychiatrist who played a leading role in establishing agreed-upon standards to describe mental disorders and eliminating homosexuality's designation as a pathology, died of heart problems Friday in Seattle, said his wife, Janet Williams, a Columbia University professor emerita. Dr. Spitzer's work on several editions of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, or the D.S.M., defined all of the major disorders "so all in the profession could agree on what they were seeing," said Williams, who worked with him on D.S.M.-III, which was published in 1980.
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December 24, 2015 | By David Gambacorta, STAFF WRITER
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.
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December 23, 2015 | By Kristen A. Graham, Staff Writer
Carroll A. Weinberg, 87, a Wynnewood psychiatrist and human-rights expert, died Wednesday, Dec. 16, of cancer. Trained as a pediatrician, Dr. Weinberg spent the bulk of his career in psychiatry, working with children and adults, and teaching at Drexel University's College of Medicine. Locally, he practiced at the Philadelphia General Hospital and at Hahnemann University Hospital. Professionally, he explored the psychology of suicide terrorism, torture, and ethnic conflict; personally, he was deeply interested in civic affairs and the arts.
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