12/11/11 Schizophrenia / Health in America

Margaret Hawkins

Margaret Hawkins 8:00pm to 9:00pm
Publisher’s Website: http://redwheelweiser.com/detail.html?id=9781573245357
Book: After Schizophrenia (watch video about book)

Margaret Hawkins is a Chicago area writer, critic and educator. She is the author of three books including two novels, “A Year of Cats and Dogs” and “How to Survive aNatural Disaster.” Her memoir, “After Schizophrenia: The Story of My Sister’s Reawakening After 30 Years,” is about her sister Barbara and their family’s struggle with her mental illness. Margaret teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Questions to be asked (time permitting):

  • What led you to write this book?
  • Can you tell us about Barb in her younger years?
  • Could you see a hint of what was to come during that time?
  • When did she get sick?
  • What were the years following her illness like with her?
  • When did things start to change back for the better?
  • What were some of the obstacles you came across when seeking treatment?
  • How is Barb today?
  • Is she truly “back”?
  • How is her case in comparison to other cases of Schizophrenia in the U.S.?
  • Are things getting better for the mentally ill in our country?
  • Is the book available on Amazon.com and wherever books are sold? (YES!)

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Dr. Rif El-Mallakh

Dr Rif Elmalach -  8:00pm to 9:00pm

Dr. El-Mallakh received his MS in biology and his MD degrees from the University of Illinois. He completed a medical internship and one year of a neurology residency before completing an adult psychiatry residency at the University of Connecticut. Dr. El-Mallakh received his board certification in psychiatry in 1990. He spent three years as a clinical research fellow with the late Dr. Richard Wyatt’s Neuropsychiatry Branch Laboratory at the NIMH. He joined the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Louisville in 1992. For the last 20 years he has focused his research on the pathophysiology of bipolar illness and has performed basic work regarding ion dysregulation and development of an animal model in this disorder. His clinical research has focused on lithium, bipolar depression, and the deleterious consequences of antidepressants in the management of bipolar illness. He has published over 200 peer reviewed papers and two books. He has been funded by NARSAD, NIMH, and the pharmaceutical industry, has served as reviewer for both NIMH and the Canadian Research Council as well as reviewer for several psychiatric publications and smaller granting agencies. He has received over 24 awards, including the Gerald L. Klerman Young Investigator from the National Depressive and Manic Depressive Association and multiple Golden Apple teaching awards from the U of L.

Related Topics:

American Psychiatric Association

Bipolar Disorder (Medline Plus)

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance

National Network of Depression Centers

Schizophrenia (NAMI)

Schizophrenia Fact Sheet (NIH)

Schizophrenia (NIMH)

Schizophrenia (WebMD)

Schizophrenia (Wiki)

University of Louisville Depression Center

World Psychiatric Association



Salah Salman,  M.D. 9:00pm to 10pm
Webpage: www.scrubbedoutdoctors.com
Book: Scrubbed Out – Reviving the Doctors Role in Patient Care

Dr. Salah Salman worked as a physician, a professor and  chairman of the Department of Otolaryngology at the American University of Beirut.   He immigrated to the U.S.   in 1986 and spent 23 years as s Full Time Academician at Massachusetts’s Eye and Ear Infirmary and at Harvard Medical.

Salah Salman, M.D., has worked for some of the most prestigious medical facilities in the world and he says most have one thing in common: they’re more concerned about their bottom line than providing the public with the quality of health care it deserves.

Dr. Salman has been urged to keep quiet and take his insights into retirement with him, but he’s on a mission to expose what he calls the downspiraling industry of health care he says is controlled by the profit-focused corporations, administrators, lawyers, and bureaucrats.

He’ll tear down the wall of secrecy surrounding the politics of health care when he talks about:

• Why current health-care reforms are unlikely to affect
the rising costs of medicine.

• The truth about universal health-care, something he considers a human right, and why he says it will
never happen in the U.S. unless major changes are introduced.

• What needs to happen in order for the “irresponsible” decision makers to start making the changes that will improve your health-care experiences and the quality of what’s taught to medical students.

• Other shocking stories about health care in the U.S.

Questions to be asked (time permitting):

  • 1 – American Medicine is reputed to be the best in the world, why all the fuss about reform?
  • 2 – Was the Obama reform adequate?
  • 3 – Who should lead the reform?
  • 4 – Is the medical profession ready to lead the needed reform ?
  • 5 – Why do you propose NEW leaders in the medical profession?
  • 6 – Since you see the situation alarming, why haven’t conscientious doctors revolted against their marginalization?
  • 7 – What happened to the Hippocratic Oath doctors take on graduation?
  • 8 – What happened after the Institute of Medicine published its 1999 report about the estimated 98,000 yearly deaths from medical errors?
  • 9 – You seem worried about the education medical students and trainees are getting, why?
  • 10 – Why do medical doctors tend to reflexly defend their colleagues, even when there is fault?
  • 11 – Malpractice suits scares all doctors. Why haven’t they motivated them to better practice?
  • 12 – Why are you worried that Corporations are financing more and more research ?


William Dehoney – 9pm to 10pm

Through his work at Dehoney Travel, Mr. William Dehoney has traveled to dozens of countries around the world and has had the direct oppurtunity to witness different forms of commerce and health care systems. As a former member of our US military, he believes the current V.A. Medical System can stand as an excellent model for our future Govermentalization of health care.

Questions to be asked (time permitting):

  • How would you rate your experience with private for profit medical care, in comparison
    to the medical care you presently receive through the V.A. Healthcare System?
  • Why do you feel the present VA Healthcare System would be a good model for overall healthcare reform in this country?
  • Dr. Salman has indicated, he feels healthcare is “spiraling down” in this country, do you feel this is true of our VA Medical Care?
  • Is the quality of healthcare in this country directly related to the ability to afford to pay for that care?
  • What do you feel are the “draw backs” to the proposed Obama reform?
  • Having witnessed dramatic economic changes in countries around the world and their changes is healthcare quality.
  • Why do you feel our goverment can afford to sustain Obama’s healthcare plan in our present financial climate?
  • What do you see as the biggest obstacle in healthcare reform? Do you see the Obama healthcare reform as socialized medicine?
  • Are pharmaceutical companies justified in their high cost of drugs in that they say, they have to include cost of research for these drugs?

Related links:

Health Care Costs (statistics)

Health Reform in Action (whitehouse.gov)

At A Glance

The Affordable Care Act

Relief for Americans & Businesses

Myths & Facts

Healthcare News

United States Department of Veterans Affairs

Health Care

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