(PSYCHIATRIC TIMES) - A clinic for patients with bipolar disorder at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) was the scene of yet another attack by a patient on a psychiatrist.
According to a report in the October 28, 2009 issue of the Boston Globe,1 the 37-year-old perpetrator, Jay Carciero, who was a patient at the clinic, stabbed his psychiatrist, Astrid Desrosiers, MD, during a treatment session. Screams coming from the treatment room caused other patients to panic and run. An off-duty security guard who did not work at the hospital but who happened to be nearby and who witnessed the chaos broke into the treatment room and ordered Carciero to drop his knife. When Carciero failed to do so, the security guard (who was armed and who had a license to carry a weapon) filed several shots that proved fatal.
Dr Desrosiers, an instructor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, was in stable condition at MGH. She is also the medical director of the Haitian Mental Health Clinic at the Cambridge Health Alliance and on staff at the Bipolar Clinic at MGH.
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