Interview: UN Group Compares Boycott of Israeli Academics to Nazi Practice. Whether intentional or not, says a UNESCO body, the boycott of Israeli academics bears a similarity to the practice of German doctors, who were leaders in the Nazi party, of segregating out their Jewish colleagues. Read more about Dr. Bursztajn’s concept of Ethicogenesis.
Interview: Emotional trauma may have kept Amy Lord from fleeing. Dr. Bursztajn, as a forensic psychiatric expert with a special interest in head trauma and PTSD, is interviewed on the brutal kidnapping and killing of Amy Lord. Chelsea Conaboy, Boston Globe, July 26, 2013.
Interview: Potential psychological explanations behind bombings. Dr. Bursztajn is interviewed in the Boston Globe on the recent Boston Marathon bombings. This is further explored on WBUR’s CommonHealth: The ‘Folie à Deux’ Theory of the Boston Bombings.
Interview: Harold J. Bursztajn ’72, on mental-health care. Dr. Bursztajn is interview in the Princeton Alumni Weekly on the role of mental health care in the aftermath of the Newtown shootings.
Article: On Being Mentored and Mentoring. Dr. Bursztajn’s recollections of being mentored by Leston Havens, M.D. (1924-2011) in the Winter, 2012 International Society for the Psychological Treatments of the Schizophrenias and other Psychoses (ISPS).
Interview: Dr. Omar Sultan Haque aims to humanize health care. Dr. Omar Sultan Haque, a psychology PhD candidate at Harvard and one of Dr. Bursztajn’s mentees, is interviewed in the Boston Globe about a piece Dr. Haque wrote with Adam Waytz in the current issue of Perspectives on Psychological Science about the dehumanization of medicine.
Interview: Dr. Bursztajn is interviewed regularly by Carey Goldberg for the NPR blog CommonHealth:
- Warning: Doctors Could Misread New Depression Guidelines, March 27, 2012
- What To Watch Out For When Meds Are Discussed Online, July 7, 2011
- Harvard Trauma Expert: Perpetrator’s Death Can ‘Unfreeze’ Grieving, May 2, 2011
Interview: The Sergeant in Question: A Portrait of the Accused Shooter of Kandahar. Dr. Bursztajn is interviewed on the apparent disconnect between the prior conduct of the United States soldier accused of shooting 16 Afghani civilians and the details of the incident.
Article: Love in the Shadow of the Third Reich. An introduction by Susan Kweskin that appeared in the print edition of the Psychiatric Times to the online-only article Revisiting Lodz, Poland in 2011 and Reconstructing How My Parents Survived the Shoah (1939-1945).
Case: Carvajal v. Mihalek, et al. Dr. Bursztajn’s reference to an antisocial history in the course of his examination, opinion, and testimony was affirmed on appeal by a panel which included one of the better senior judge writers in the federal judiciary, Guido Calabrese, whose book, Tragic Choices deals with many of the issues of Dr. Bursztajn’s book Medical Choices, Medical Chances in a legal context.
Article: Sex Offenders Often Minimize Behaviors, Say Experts. Dr. Bursztajn is interviewed for ABC News correspondent Kim Carollo’s blog exploring the implications surrounding the Penn State scandal.
Presentation: You can kill us but you can’t humiliate us. On March 7, 2011, Dr. Bursztajn will present lessons he learned from his parents’ experience, followed by a discussion by Anna Ornstein, MD at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute.
Interview: Tucson Shooting Renews Gun Control Debate. Dr. Bursztajn is interviewed on NPR’s Talk of the Nation on February 16, 2011 on the public safety issues arrising out of the shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. The January shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) and 18 others in Tucson has reignited two issues in the debate over guns in America: the legality of extended magazine clips like the one used by the suspected shooter, and access to firearms by the mentally ill.
Presentation: Lodz Ghetto. Dr. Bursztajn and Geoffrey Brahmer give presentations at Arlington High School in Arlington, MA. The students later wrote comments on the presentation, linked to above.
Articles: A series from Miller-McCune.com on the controversy surrounding the latest Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders in which Dr. Bursztajn’s work with Lisa Cosgrove is cited:
Article: Undue Pharmaceutical Influence on Psychiatric Practice: Steps That Can Reduce the Ethical Risk. Dr. Bursztajn and Lisa Cosgrove’s latest article in the Psychiatric Times regarding increasing concerns arising about the ways in which corporate sponsorship of clinical trials and continuing medical education activities may bias the information that is published and disseminated about the benefits and risks of medications.
Book: Teaching Ethics in Organ Transplantation and Tissue Donation: Cases and Movies. Dr. Bursztajn contributed a case study in this new book on the the ethics organ transplantation. Being a global and transnational endeavor, organ transplantation raises universal ethical concerns and, yet, has to be adapted to culturally mediated beliefs. In this book, 30 case studies colleeted from all over the world illustrate the range of global and local, ethical, social, and cultural problems assoeiated with this new form of treatment. Together with a list of relevant movies, the colleetion provides a unique resource for ethics education in medicine, health care, philosophy, and religious studies.
Ongoing Commentary: Proposed Draft Revisions to DSM Disorders and Criteria. The American Psychiatric Association has created a website with proposed changes to the upcoming revision of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V).
Professor A. Stone Freedberg, a distinguished clinician and Harvard Medical School Professor Emeritus continued to help Dr. Bursztajn teach medical students patient care until his passing in 2009 at the age of 101. More information about Dr. Freedberg’s full life can be found in his moving obituary in the Boston Globe.
Article: Lessons from a WWII ghetto resonate with doctors today. The Boston Globe features a story on Dr. Bursztajn’s teaching activities at Harvard medical School relative to learning from his parent’s experiences with doctors during the Shoah. This article was inspired by a recent Surgical Grand Rounds, “Health Care in the Lodz Ghetto: Care, Compliance, Conscience and Resistance” that Dr. Bursztajn presented at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center on July 8, 2009. More recently, the story has been picked up by the Los Angeles Times.
Article: Conflicts of interest bedevil psychiatric drug research. Dr. Bursztajn is mentioned along with his colleague and frequent co-author in USA Today.
Video: Psychology Behind Unthinkable Crimes. Dr. Bursztajn comments in a Fox News story on unthinkable crimes between loved ones and family members.
Article: Developing Unbiased Diagnostic and Treatment Guidelines in Psychiatry. A letter to the editors of the New England Journal of Medicine on the continuing crisis in psychiatric conflicts of interest in relation to the upcoming revision of the DSM.
Article: Firms tied to some MDs who set policy. Dr. Bursztajn along with his colleagues Lisa Cosgrove and Sheldon Krimsky is mentioned in a Boston Globe article examining his latest paper on the writers of psychiatric clinical guidelines and their financial ties with pharmaceutical companies, published in the journal of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics.
Article: Grandson’s erratic behavior detailed. Dr. Bursztajn is quoted in a March 18, 2009 Boston Globe article on the recent killing of Eleanor Clark by her grandson, James Clark.
Article: Managing Risks When Practicing in Three-Party Care Settings. Psychiatric Times February 3, 2009.
Article: Towards Credible Conflict of Interest Policies in Clinical Psychiatry. Dr. Bursztajn’s article with Lisa Cosgrove with a response from the chair and vice chair of the the DSM-V Task Force on the need for transparency of potential conflicts of interest for the conduct of psychiatric teaching, research, and clinical care and in the drafting of the next revision of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.
Case: deVries, et al. vs Secaucus Fire Department, et al. A landmark civil rights verdict in a case alleging a town’s politicians’ failure to protect a gay couple who were harassed and eventually driven out of their home next to a fire station in Secaucus. Dr. Bursztajn served as the plaintiffs’ attorneys’ retained testifying expert regarding causation, the nature and extent of the emotional injuries and standards for reliability and validity for an forensic psychiatric Independent Medical Examination.
Book: Psychiatric Ethics and the Rights of Persons with Mental Disabilities in Institutions and the Community. This book, co-written by Dr. Bursztajn with Michael Perlin, Kris Gledhill and Eva Szeli contains case studies contributed by several of his mentees who nominated him for the Barger Award below, was published on February 25, 2008 and is available for download at the UNESCO and the International Center for Health Law and Ethics at the University of Haifa websites. Physical copies of the book may be purchased by contacting the editor Amnon Carmi. All purchased copies will benefit the work of the International Center for Health Law and Ethics at the University of Haifa and will help them to continue their work in this vital area.
Case: State of IL v. Aubrey Tucker. Dr. Bursztajn testified in three phases of the trial: a hearing to suppress Tucker’s confession that the defense alleged was coerced, in the guilt/innocence phase regarding Tucker’s ability to form specific intent, and in the sentencing phase where the jury found that sufficient mitigating factors were present to preclude a death-penalty verdict.