South African Psychiatry Review - Volume 8, Issue 2, 2005
Volume 8, Issue 2, 2005
Author Christopher P. SzaboSource: South African Psychiatry Review 8 (2005)More Less
Extracted from text ... EDITORIAL S Afr Psychiatry Rev 2005;8:41 South African Psychiatry Review - May 2005 41 Public deaths and the right to die Terri Schiavo a former bulimia nervosa sufferer who languished in a persistent vegetative state for 15 years is dead, so too Pope John Paul II. Coverage of, and reaction to, the two scenarios was prominent in the world media and watching either one unfold both moving and fascinating. The anguished family, outspoken politicians and clergymen who opposed Terris Schiavo's death versus the husband and legal system who supported it. The adoring, respectful masses who accepted the death of ..
Research Symposium : Division of Psychiatry, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the WitwatersrandSource: South African Psychiatry Review 8 (2005)More Less
Extracted from text ... S Afr Psychiatry Rev 2005;8:47 South African Psychiatry Review - May 2005 47 08h30 - 09h00 Registration 09h00 - 09h15 Opening 09h15 - 10h30 "Opportunities for translational and transnational R&D" Christer Allgulander (Sweden) 10h30 - 11h00 Tea 11h00 - 12h00 "Statistics for health professionals, why and what do we need to know ?" Jack Allan (South Africa) 12h00 - 13h00 "Promoting research in developing countries: the role of the World Psychiatric Association." Mario Maj (Italy) 13h00-14h00 Lunch 14h00-15h00 "Research ethics: safe guarding patient's rights or stifling research ?" Peter Cleaton Jones (South Africa) 15h00 -16h00 "Research in the social ..
Author Dan J. SteinSource: South African Psychiatry Review 8, pp 50 –51 (2005)More Less
Extracted from text ... GUEST EDITORIAL S Afr Psychiatry Rev 2005;8:50-51 South African Psychiatry Review - May 2005 50 The bioethics of cosmetic psychopharmacology The term "cosmetic psychopharmacology" was introduced by Peter Kramer in his best-selling volume, "Listening to Prozac".1 This is a thoughtful piece on the possibility that psychiatric medications can be used not only for major psychiatric disorders, but also for sub-clinical symptoms, and on the possible consequences for patients, psychiatrists, and society at large. This is not a new issue; barbiturates and benzodiazepines, for example, were earlier seen by some experts as a "pill for every mental ill", but the ..
Author Jose SegalSource: South African Psychiatry Review 8, pp 53 –57 (2005)More Less
Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) remains a controversial treatment modality, with a wide range of clinical practice and application. Recently significant advances in the technique of application of ECT have been made. These new approaches incorporate a variety of advances in ECT dosing strategies and techniques, including stimulus dosing and high-dose delivery mechanisms. The purpose of this paper is to review the various advances in ECT dosing strategies and to review the impact of these changes on the delivery of ECT as a treatment modality.
Author Amanda Caroline FreemanSource: South African Psychiatry Review 8, pp 58 –64 (2005)More Less
Eating disorders are stereotypically believed to be a white, female, middle class malady. There is not currently a widely-held awareness among health professionals that these conditions exist in males, although past research has estimated that between 5-10% of individuals presenting with eating disorders are male. Despite increased records of the incidence of both Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa in females over the last 50 years, the awareness of these disorders in males remains low. This has been attributed to bias and inaccuracy in diagnosis, stigma, and reluctance among males to seek treatment. This paper reviews the existing literature on males with eating disorders in an attempt to properly outline typical features that males may present with. These features are assessed within the context of generally accepted diagnostic criteria, and further the understanding of this phenomenon in males.
Managing de-institutionalisation in a context of change : the case of Gauteng, South Africa : review articleAuthor Ray LazarusSource: South African Psychiatry Review 8, pp 65 –69 (2005)More Less
The paper draws on documentary sources and the author's experience as the official responsible for chronic mental health care in Gauteng between 1998 and 2003. An account and assessment of efforts to effect changes to the inherited system of primarily institutional care is presented. While rooted in the reality of Gauteng, these experiences contain lessons for others engaged in policy making and planning in this area of mental health care.
Clinicopathological Case Conference : a 17 year old with progressive gait difficulty and a complex family history : case reportSource: South African Psychiatry Review 8, pp 70 –72 (2005)More Less
Author Cora SmithSource: South African Psychiatry Review 8 (2005)More Less
Extracted from text ... BOOK REVIEW S Afr Psychiatry Rev 2005;8:75 South African Psychiatry Review - May 2005 75 Book Review Title: Building Better Health: A Handbook of Behavioral Change. Author: C. David Jenkins. Publisher: Pan American Health Organization, Washington D.C.: PAHO, 2003. The aim of this book is to provide a comprehensive model of preventative medicine for communities to reduce disease, disability and premature death throughout the life cycle. The author, C. David Jenkins is an internationally recognised researcher, health worker and Professor of Preventative Medicine and Community Health, of Epidemiology and of Psychiatry. The book is thorough, systematic and filled with ..
Source: South African Psychiatry Review 8, pp 79 –80 (2005)More Less
Extracted from text ... South African Psychiatry Review - May 2005 79 Melancholia was a common disorder in days gone by. It was accepted that men, the dominant gender, had their bouts of raisin' hell and hitting the bottle harder than a mule's kick. Melancholia covered a host of sins. It may also have covered real mental disorders. Who's to say what the real disorder was back then. But there's no reason to think it's any less prevalent today - probably in fact more common than we care to believe. Today periods of almost manic high lasting weeks or days and followed by plunges ..
Source: South African Psychiatry Review 8 (2005)More Less
Extracted from text ... South African Psychiatry Review - May 2005 80 CANADIAN PSYCHIATRY OPPORTUNITY Medicine Hat, Alberta General Psychiatrists For Palliser Health Region, Southeastern Alberta Activities would be concentrated at the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital, and include joining an on call group. Medicine Hat Regional Hospital is a 216 bed regional referral centre, in a community of 51, 000. Mental Health Services included a 31 bed unit within the Hospital and outpatient services. Services would also be provided to the four rural centers within the Region. Some travel to the outlying clinics would be required. The Region, located in southeastern Alberta, includes 59 ..