In Memoriam: A Mind at Home With the World


Carl Malmquist, MD: a man whose “mind was at home in the world.”




“ . . . but his mind was at home in the world”

Joachim Savelsberg wrote this quote on June 1st in the Guest Book for sharing memories of Carl Malmquist, MD, who died on May 24, 2021 at the age of 90. More specifically, he was at home in the world of forensic psychiatry, being involved in many high-profile legal cases, as well as being a consultant to the FBI and the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

In 1996, he wrote the book Homicide: A Psychiatric Perspective, which was rooted in clinical psychiatry and a consideration of those who kill. Surely, he would have been interested—and helpful—in all our current high profile homicides, including Kyle Rittenhouse, Ahmaud Avery, and the 2 men convicted of killing Malcolm X who are being exonerated.

We both shared a strong interest in social psychiatry. At the University of Minnesota medical and law schools, he served as a professor of social psychiatry, the only such academic position I have ever known.

Malmquist was also a great friend and contributor to Psychiatric Times. Indeed, the world was his home and he will be missed.

Dr Moffic is an award-winning psychiatrist who has specialized in the cultural and ethical aspects of psychiatry. A prolific writer and speaker, he received the one-time designation of Hero of Public Psychiatry from the Assembly of the American Psychiatric Association in 2002. He is an advocate for mental health issues relate to climate instability, burnout, Islamophobia, and anti-Semitism for a better world. He serves on the Editorial Board of Psychiatric TimesTM.

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