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  . After serving the state psychiatric inpatient population for over ninety years, Crownsville Hospital Center closed on June 30, 2004. Two hundred patients were transferred to Spring Grove and Springfield Hospitals, and clinical staff was transferred with them.
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Over the last few years, psychiatrists have gained a greater understanding of the  risks associated with using various psychotropic agents.  We have learned about the realities of adverse metabolic changes, and the possibility of increased mortality among older patients, arising from treatment with  antipsychotic agents.  All antidepressant package inserts now bear “black box” warnings due to their being associated with increased r
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  I was covering for a colleague who was out of the country and I told one of his patients that I would not renew her prescription for a benzodiazepine without at least briefly meeting her.  I explained that I’ve had this policy for many years. She was not pleased.  “Does Dr. X know that that’s your policy?” she asked me.
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  The Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt opened in January 2005. It is housed in the spacious old Victorian D Building which has been modernized to serve current needs. Board certified psychiatrists Harry Brandt, MD and Steven Crawford, MD are director and associate director of the program. They have been involved in the treatment of eating disorders for more than 15 years, first at Mercy Medical Center and later at St. Joseph Medical Center.
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