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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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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.
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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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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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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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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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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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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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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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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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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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October 24, 2015 | By David Klein, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jack Overton Rice, 86, a psychiatrist who retired in Philadelphia, where he saw a son manage the Taney Dragons and a grandson play for the team, died Wednesday, Oct. 14, at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania of complications from a stroke. Dr. Rice had many passions, but it was his love of baseball that he passed on to his children, son Alexander said. "That was the point of him moving" to Philadelphia, said Alexander Rice, who managed the Dragons during their Little League World Series run last year, "to be with the family and watch us play baseball.
NEWS
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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