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The ethical position of the American Psychiatric ( APA) Association and the code of ethics for psychiatrists about torture came to prominence about 10 years ago when I was Speaker of the Assembly of the American Psychiatric Association. At this time the Assembly endorsed the position of the Board of Trustees of the APA about […]

5 Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm Ravaged Hospital by Sheri Fink – This is a great book for anyone who works in a hospital especially doctors and nurses who realize they could be on call when a disaster might strike. Also include yourself in this group if you are a  hospital […]

The following is the second case originally presented in this blog several weeks ago for comments. Included are two invited comments and any further comments from the readers are welcome Case #2 A senior psychoanalyst  is supervising a junior colleague who is treating the  following case. The patient is a single 36 year old dental […]

During a recent blog , I presented two case histories which I thought might stimulate different points of view on how to react to the situations described . I asked two  colleagues if they would respond . Today I will restate the first case and then I will present their views. I will also print […]

Being a psychotherapist is a complicated job. Not only must you be knowledgeable about human behavior, psychodynamics and various techniques of doing therapy, but you have to be prepared for unexpected dilemmas . Two cases are presented below which bring up potential legal and ethical issues as well as technical considerations, which the therapist has […]


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  • Norman B. Levy, M.D.: 1.No. He is not in IMMINENT danger to himself or others. He is a well motivated patient who might [...]
  • Jeffery Smith, MD: I like Drs. Ingram and Seibel's comments but would like to add a bit about the effects of marijuana. [...]
  • Jane Petro: Love your forum and appreciate you varied subjects. Short form answers: First, simply ask him to [...]
  • Philip A. Seibel, MD: #2--I would like to answer this question first because I believe that this patient's cannibas use is [...]
  • Dr. Blumenfield, M.D.: I believe that your concerns may be somewhat exaggerated.Unless a patient has serious impulses to hu [...]

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