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Ronald W. Pies, MD

Ronald W. Pies, MD

Dr Pies is Editor in Chief Emeritus of Psychiatric Times, and a Professor in the psychiatry departments of SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY, and Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston. Dr Pies is author, most recently, of Don't Worry—Nothing Will Turn Out All Right!: The Optipessimist's Guide to the Fulfilled Life. His books also include Psychiatry on the Edge, a collection of essays drawn from Psychiatric Times (Nova Publishing); a novel, The Director of Minor Tragedies (iUniverse); The Myeloma Year, a chapbook of poems and essays; and The Late Life Bloom of Rose Rabinowitz: A Novella.

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Six fundamental assumptions underlie the medical model most psychiatrists use in their clinical work.

There are no simple solutions to the plight of the terminally ill patient. With commentary by Cynthia Geppert, MD.

Sword of Damocles (1812), oil painting on canvas by Richard Westall

The nightmarish reality of psychosis is vividly detailed by Deborah Danner, a woman with self-described schizophrenia, recently shot to death by a New York City policeman.

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The supposed “epidemic” of mental illness turns out to be mostly a myth in the US adult population, 2000-2015.

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The ethical core of the Goldwater Rule is sound, but the rule needs clearer and more nuanced language.

The authors examine the literature on "quality of life" and how antipsychotics improve that for patients with schizophrenia.

Should doctors be legally allowed to assist terminally ill patients in committing suicide?

For patients suffering the chronic, debilitating symptoms of schizophrenia, antipsychotic medication is a critical component of treatment—and may literally be life-saving.

How radically do we want to alter the physician’s traditional ethical obligations to the most vulnerable of patients?

Both the literature and clinical experience point to considerable risk in discontinuing antipsychotic treatment, for many chronically psychotic patients. Here's why.


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