Monthly Archives: December 2010

St. Joseph’s: The Perverse Pathology of Mary Corbliss (Part I)


            Mary Corbliss is a mental health counselor on Unit 3-6.  She is small, in her mid-thirties, and has long, mouse-brown hair.  She presents as a sweet person, with a mouth that she frequently gathers up in a doll-like smile.             … Continue reading

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St. Joseph’s Hospital: About Carol (Part III)


            Tuesday night Carol and I both sleep well, and Wednesday morning we are both up and dressed by 7:30 a.m.  She wishes for something to drink.  I explain to her that Cathy, the night nurse, will not give out … Continue reading

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St. Joseph’s Hospital: About Carol (Part II)


            I talk to Carol, and she takes an interest.  She responds.  The second day we share a room, she stops closing the door and the blinds every time I walk out.  She lets me and the light in.  This … Continue reading

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St. Joseph’s: About Carol (Part 1)


            Carol is in her sixties, a small-boned woman with reddish-brown hair.  She is diagnosed as acutely depressed.  She lies in bed under the covers with her back to the door.  She lays in the dark with the door and … Continue reading

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St. Joseph’s Inpatient Psychiatry: About “Lynn”


“Lynn” is the divorced mother of two children who are both doing well in school.  She has stable employment and is a devout Christian.  She is an African-American woman who is intelligent and soft-spoken—a quietly kind person. Lynn is on … Continue reading

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Answers to More Questions


Family physician prescribe lithium Medicaid ANYONE TAKING LITHIUM SHOULD HAVE LITHIUM LEVELS DONE EVERY TWO MONTHS; KIDNEY FUNCTION SHOULD BE CHECKED EVERY SIX MONTHS, AND AN EKG SHOULD BE DONE ONCE A YEAR.         Family physicians should not be prescribing lithium.  … Continue reading

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St. Joseph’s Psychiatric Services: Dr. Roger Levine, Part One (continued)


            I am odd, too—not easily beguiled by superficial seductiveness.  I require substance from my caregivers.  Dr. Roger Levine, director of CPEP and St. Joseph’s inpatient psychiatry, has all the substance of a vampire who casts no reflection in the mirror. Near … Continue reading

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