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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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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 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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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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June 17, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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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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June 1, 2015 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jean Barr was the chief social worker when Dr. Ross V. Speck was the director of the department of social psychiatry at Hahnemann Medical College from 1964 to 1970. "There weren't many that would tackle the kinds of things that he would," Barr recalled. "Who else would go into these communes," in college neighborhoods such as Powelton in West Philadelphia, "and work with kids? "We would go for two or three hours in the evenings and get to know them pretty well," talking about their addictions.
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May 30, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Burton Ailes Fleming, 89, of Chestnut Hill, a Philadelphia-area psychiatrist, died Monday, May 11, following surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Born in Reading, he graduated from Mercersburg Academy and the University of Virginia. Dr. Fleming earned a degree from Temple University School of Medicine and became board certified in psychiatry and neurology. He was a graduate of the Philadelphia Psychoanalytic Institute. He spent time in the Air Force Medical Corps before setting up a private practice in Chestnut Hill.
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October 18, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
John Mitchell Stevens Jr., 93, formerly of Wynnewood, a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst in Philadelphia for many years, died Tuesday, Oct. 7, of complications of dementia at Cornwall (Pa.) Manor. He had moved to the Lebanon County retirement facility in 2001. Dr. Stevens was born in Snowshoe, Centre County. He graduated from Reedsville High School in 1939. He was reared in a series of coal towns in Pennsylvania where he spent time with his grandmother, who gardened and raised chickens.
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August 19, 2014 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
MECHANICSVILLE, Va. - It was only July, but Martha Trinca was thinking about Christmas. This year was going to be special. Her older sister Theresa was coming. Among the 10 Hunt children, Theresa stood out. The fiercely independent redhead had left the family farm, put herself through college, and reinvented herself as a social worker in Philadelphia. So on July 24, Trinca sat at her home outside Richmond, scribbling a list of possible Christmas presents. Hunt, 53, did not have many needs.
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August 18, 2014 | By Karen Mechanic, For The Inquirer
A middle-aged woman who had been a regular customer at a neighborhood store started behaving strangely. At first, the changes were subtle. But over the course of a month, the store owner noticed that when the woman came in every morning to buy her usual drink and newspaper, she seemed more withdrawn and preoccupied. It also became apparent she was neglecting her personal hygiene. Finally, one morning, the customer arrived completely confused. She began screaming and the shop owner called 911. She was taken to the emergency room.
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August 2, 2014
ISSUE | SHOOTING Fantasy scenario for saving lives There is nothing in President Obama's gun-control proposals that would have prevented the Delaware County psychiatrist from applying for a gun permit and receiving it ("Armed doctor saved lives," July 29). On the other hand, if it is true, as commentator John R. Lott Jr. asserts, that there was nothing that would have prevented the hospital shooter from acquiring a gun, maybe that is because people like Lott keep foisting a guns-for-everyone mythology on us and blocking even the smallest reforms.
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July 30, 2014 | By Laura McCrystal and Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writers
His colleagues knew that Lee Silverman carried a gun, a pistol so small it slipped indiscernibly into the psychiatrist's pocket. And Richard Plotts had a deep history with guns - one that even felony convictions wouldn't stop. Four days after the two men clashed in a shootout at a Delaware County hospital, authorities on Monday continued to investigate the violent office visit that left caseworker Theresa Hunt dead and both men injured. Plotts was still hospitalized, awaiting his first court appearance on murder and other charges.
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June 17, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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May 3, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
William W. Wilson, 97, a neurologist and psychiatrist, died Sunday, April 27, of cardiopulmonary arrest at his home in Wynnewood. Born in Philadelphia, Dr. Wilson graduated from William Penn Charter School, Princeton University in 1938, and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine four years later. He interned at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Philadelphia General Hospital. From 1943 to 1947, he was a Navy flight surgeon deployed to the South Pacific.
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