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A Primer on Mental Disorders: A Guide for Educators, Families, and Students By Thomas E. Allen, M.D., Mayer C. Liebman, M.D., Lee Crandall Park, M.D., William C. Wimmer, M.D. For more information go to:  The book maybe ordered from online booksellers or directly from Scarecrow Press, Inc.  (  

    On May 24, 2001, the MPS held its 51st Annual Dinner, honoring the recipient of this year’s Lifetime of Service Award, Dr. Thomas E. Allen, and featuring a talk by Dr. Steven S. Sharfstein.

On June 1, 2001, Jennifer Gajewski was appointed Executive Director of the Maryland Psychiatric Society. Ms. Gajewski has a background in marketing and had worked for the Baltimore City Medical Society. She has been Assistant Executive Director for MPS since November of 1998.

June 30, 2001 marked the end of an era at Johns Hopkins. Paul R. McHugh retired after twenty-six years as Director of the Department of Psychiatry and Psychiatrist-in-Chief. During these twenty-six years, the department became one of the most highly regarded in the nation-- for its clinical excellence, its residency training, and its programs of research into the nature and origins of psychiatric disorders.

As someone who has served at multiple levels in the state medical society, I would like to share with you my perspective on what happened in New Mexico in the legislative fight over psychologist’s gaining prescribing privileges

The Alzheimer's Association projects that, at current rates, the number of Americans with Alzheimer's disease will grow by 350% by mid-century—reaching 14.3 million cases, compared with 4 million in 2000. The curve will rise sharply as the first baby boomers reach 65 in 2011. There is a high risk that Medicare will be bankrupted unless ways are found to delay, prevent or ameliorate the disease.

Brian Hepburn, M.D., Clinical Director for the Mental Hygiene Administration (MHA) since 1997, was appointed the Interim Director for MHA, effective June 1, 2002. He previously served as the Director of Psychiatric Education and Training for the MHA from 1987 to 1997.

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