Author | Harold J. Bursztajn, MD


Weaving Beauty Into the Tapestry of the Pandemic

April 30, 2020


The cure should not be worse than the disease; so must we be cautious about our response to COVID-19. More in this video with Harold J. Bursztajn, MD.

Prevention of Covert COVID Iatrogenesis

April 29, 2020


In a time of panic, despair, and demoralization, art continues to inspire the author's reflections as it has over the last 40 years. Here, he shares some images that he finds inspirational and helpful. Even in winter there is hope.

Neither Deaths From Denial Nor Deaths From Despair

April 28, 2020


Local, state, and federal officials are rushing to implement massively life-altering measures in the current pandemic even as we enter a situation that is still poorly understood.

Resilience, Not Panic, in a Time of Pandemic

April 07, 2020


For an inspiring model of communal hope and resilience under a dire threat to survival over COVID-19 fears, the author turns to the Fekalists, the prisoners condemned to be sanitation workers in the Lodz ghetto in Nazi-occupied Poland, his parents among them.

How Catastrophe Can Change Personality

September 26, 2019


This article explores why Enduring Personality Change After Catastrophic Experience (EPCACE) is a clinically useful diagnosis.

The Healing Power of Photographs

August 16, 2017


As I’ve seen in my parents’ remarkable journey from the doomed Jewish ghetto in Lodz, Poland, and in my psychiatry practice, photographs have immense power to heal.

Why Are Young Westerners Drawn to Terrorist Organizations Like ISIS?

September 10, 2015


The authors explore possible reasons why young people in the West leave their families, friends, and home culture to join terrorist organizations.

Children and the Holocaust

January 31, 2012


The grief that the Shoah brought to its victims would make its reappearance even at happy times long afterwards.

Revisiting Lodz, Poland, in 2011 and Reconstructing How My Parents Survived the Shoah (1939-1945)

January 26, 2012


I was 9 years old in December 1959 when I left and 60 in July 2011 when I returned to Lodz, Poland. My return-a journey through time as well as space-was a continuation of a trip from my home in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where I teach and practice clinical and forensic psychiatry, to Berlin, where I gave a number of presentations at a conference of the International Academy of Law and Mental Health (IALMH).

Self-Medication: Medicating the Doctor, Medicating the Patient

November 08, 2011


When working with patients who are at high risk for relapse or misuse of prescription medications, careful documentation of the informed consent process is a helpful risk management tool.