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                        THE DEVIL & DR. BRAUN
                             Matt Keenan
                  New City, Chicago June 22-28, 1995

  Five complaints from three sets of cases in the state of Texas serve
as the source of information about Bennett Braun. In two of the cases,
former MPD patients are suing Braun for malpractice. In the other
three cases he is listed as a codefendant. There is another suit from
a woman in Illinois and her two sons who were also hospitalized for an
extensive length of time.
  The author notes that "Braun played a key role in defining the
modern approach to MPD. After seeing his first case of the disorder in
1974, he fostered a growing interest in the subject and went on to
become a leading clinician in the field. In a 1992 interview, noted
MPD authority Dr. Richard Kluft said, 'Every MPD patient in the
country owes a personal debt of gratitude to Buddy [Braun].  He's the
first ever to get a unit set up for these people, and all the other
units around the country follow the train he has blazed.' Braun's
efforts have also attracted the attention of some prominent feminists
-- in fact, Gloria Steinem thanks him in the credits to her book
Revolution From Within and she delivered the keynote speech at a
national conference on MPD held here [Chicago] last year."
  A haunting observation from Dr. Philip M. Coons, a prominent
Indianapolis-based authority on the condition of MPD, appeared in this
article, "My guess is that one out of twenty people with MPD will
commit suicide, and many, many more will attempt it at one time or
another." Coons believes that MPD is far less rare than skeptics deem.

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              Malpractice Suit Against Dr. Bennett Braun
                   Scheduled for Trial in November
        Burgus v. Braun, Circuit Court, Cook County, Illinois, 
                    Case Nos. 91L8493/91L8493  [1]
A malpractice suit challenging "repressed memory" therapy that was
filed six years ago is scheduled for trial November 3, 1997 in Cook
County Circuit Court. The trial, which is expected to last 6-14 weeks,
will simultaneously hear three suits brought by Patricia Burgus, her
husband, and two minor children against Dr. Bennett Braun,
Rush-Presbyterian Hospital and Dr. Elva Poznanski.
  In 1986, Patricia Burgus was one of the first patients on the
dissociative disorders unit founded by Bennett Braun, M.D. at
Rush-Presbyterian St. Luke's Medical Center, Chicago. She originally
sought treatment for depression following the difficult birth of her
second son. She was under Braun's care and supervision at Rush until
1992.
  During that period, Braun used tapes of interviews with Pat to teach
residents, other doctors and the media about multiple personality
disorder (MPD). Under high doses of medication, and receiving
hypnotism, Pat now says reality and fantasy "blended together." Pat
became convinced that she had over 300 alternate personalities as a
result of extended and repeated traumatic childhood abuse including
participation in ritual murders, cannibalism, Satan worship, and
torture by family members. Pat explained to Frontline, "I was told
that, until I hit bottom, until I dug all of this stuff out, I would
never get better and I would never have a chance for any kind of a
future for my children."
  Pat Burgus's two young sons, Mikey and John, were hospitalized at
Rush for almost three years under Braun's care. Pat explained to
Frontline that she and her husband were told that their children
needed to be hospitalized because the boys may be genetically
predisposed to MPD. Because Rush is a teaching hospital, if the
disorder developed, they were told, it could be caught and treated.
John was admitted at age 5 and Mikey was admitted to the children's
psychiatric ward on an emergency basis when he was 4 years old. Braun
reportedly told the family that unless Mikey was in the hospital over
Halloween, he would be in mortal danger. During the years of
hospitalizations, the two young boys received psychotherapy from Braun
and from another defendant, Dr. Elva Poznanski. They were encouraged
to develop "alter personalities" and to display behaviors consistent
with a supposed MPD. Braun, the Complaints state, used suggestive and
coercive techniques including exposure to guns and handcuffs in order
to encourage the children to "remember" episodes of abuse as part of a
supposed transgenerational, organized satanic cult. The children would
receive stickers for telling "yucky secrets." The more yucky secrets
they were able to tell, the more stickers they got for that day. [2]
  The three years of treatment cost over $3 million. According to the
Complaint, as a result of treatment by defendants Braun and Poznanski
and during their hospitalization at Rush, the minor children became
increasingly mentally ill. Pat's previously close relationship with
her husband and parents was destroyed. She came to falsely believe
that she had been abused and that she had in turn abused her own
children. According to the Complaint, Braun failed to advise that the
diagnosis of MPD was controversial, that MPD can be caused by improper
therapy, and that the mental health community is divided as to whether
it exists or not. Instead he told Pat that the "memories" being
uncovered represented real memories of actual historical events and
that she was the only person questioning the validity of memories of
transgenerational satanic cults. The Burgus family reasonably relied
on those representations.
  Defendant Rush-Presbyterian is charged with failure to adequately
supervise the activities of Dr. Braun and failure to perform adequate
inspections of the conditions existing on the unit which hospitalized
Burgus.

[1] Information taken from Complaint filed Nov. 16, 1993; Second
Amended Complaint, No. 93 L 14050, filed Aug. 8, 1994; Third Amended
Complaint, No.  91 L 8493, filed Nov. 2, 1994. See also PBS Frontline,
(11/1/95) "The Search for Satan," producer Ofra Bikel.
[2] For example, Dr. Braun related one of John's stories in court
testimony as proof of satanic activities, explaining that a 5-year-old
boy told a story of sticking a knife in a man's abdomen and how the
intestines popped out and smelled terrible. Braun suggested that this
story could only come from direct experience. It should be noted that
Pat Burgus says Braun dismissed her query that the story could have
come from a scene in a Star Wars movie that John had seen. In "The
Empire Strikes Back," after Luke Skywalker cuts open the beast he was
riding, all the guts spill out and Skywalker comments on how terrible
it smells.

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          Record Settlement in False Memory Malpractice Case
        Burgus v. Braun, Circuit Court, Cook County, Illinois
                    Case Nos. 91L8493/91L8493.[6]

Six years after filing, and on the day trial was expected to begin,
Patricia Burgus and her family agreed to accept $10.6 million from her
former therapists and hospital in what is believed to be a record
settlement amount for a false memory suit. Rush Presbyterian-
St. Luke's Medical Center agreed to pay $3.5 million based on
derivative charges concerning treatment of the Burgus children. The
remaining $7.3 million will be paid by psychiatrists Bennett Braun and
Elva Poznanski. The status of three additional defendants, Roberta
G. Sachs, Ph.D., Ann-Marie Baughman, ACSW, and Rush-Presbyterian as it
pertains to Patricia Burgus' treatment is currently on appeal before
the Court of Appeal, 1st Dist., Ill. Court documents [7] detail the
charges against defendants Braun, Poznanski, and the hospital. Burgus
was referred to the hospital for severe post-partum depression. She
received a diagnosis of MPD and was treated with various medications,
hypnosis, and occasionally kept in leather restraints during 6 years
of treatment that included 2 1/2 years as an inpatient. Burgus became
convinced that she was a member of a satanic cult, had participated in
ritual murder, and had sexually abused her two children, none of which
was true. Burgus was also persuaded to hospitalize her two healthy
children, then ages 4 and 5, for almost three years because doctors
believed her disorder might be genetic. Patricia and her husband
Michael had to obtain a court order to get their children released
from the hospital.
  Zachary Bravos, one of Burgus's attorneys, said, "This case
demonstrates the tremendous influence people in authority can have
over a patient. While false satanic abuse memories are the most easily
attacked outgrowth of such therapy, we really shouldn't lose sight of
the fact that great harm can be caused when any false memory is
encouraged and accepted without corroboration. If they can do this to
adults, they can certainly do it to children." "Psychologists have
known for 100 years that false memories can be implanted using
hypnosis," said Christopher Barden, another of Burgus's attorneys.
Burgus was also represented by attorney Todd Smith of Chicago. Her
attorneys said that if the case had gone to trial, they were prepared
to call on experts to support their case. These experts were: William
Grove, Ph.D., James Hudson, M.D., Elizabeth Loftus, Ph.D., Paul
McHugh, M.D., Richard Ofshe, Ph.D., and August Piper, M.D.
  The defendants made no admission of negligence in the settlement.
Dr. Bennett Braun, director of the hospital's section of psychiatric
trauma, called the settlement a "travesty" and said that it was done
over his objections. Dr. Braun said Mrs. Burgus raised the stories
herself and exaggerated the use of hypnotism. Braun said he used
"standard psychotherapy" and any hypnosis was for pain control. Braun
is quoted in the New York Times as saying, "Yes the kids did see
handcuffs. They did see a gun. But it was for therapeutic reasons."
Psychiatrist Elva Poznanski, the hospital's section chief of child and
adolescent psychiatry, treated Ms. Burgus's sons from 1986 to 1989.
Dr. Poznanski issued a statement saying, "On the basis of the
knowledge available at that time, I would not change the treatment of
these boys."
  "I nearly died," Burgus said. "The memories I was being told were in
my mind were so terrible that I could not live with myself as that
kind of person." The "physical and psychological torture" drove her to
attempt suicide. "They have taken my past, rewritten my past,
contaminated all of the memories that I have as a person, and I'm
supposed to go on and live my life as though this has never happened.
It's just not possible." Burgus said, "Our family was tortured for
years at Rush. No amount of money can make up for what we went
through." She said her family is still recovering from the ordeal.
  Burgus, who is now president of the Mental Health Association of
DuPage Co., Ill. said, "I hope that five or 10 years from now, history
will reflect that this was a terribly dark period of psychiatry and
that we did something to stop it."
  References:
[6] See also, FMSF Newsletter, Nov. 1997; PBS Frontline, "The Search
for Satan" (11/1/95) produced by Ofra Bikel; Ofshe, R. and Watters,
E., (1994) "Therapy of a High Priestess,"Making Monsters, Scribners;
Belluck, P. (11/6/97) "'Memory' Therapy leads to a lawsuit and big
settlement," The New York Times; Rotzoll, B. (11/5/97) "Settlement
ends woman's ordeal; $10.6 million for 'psychological torture.'"
Chicago Sun-Times; Gregory, T. (11/7/97) "$10 million award in
psychiatry suit, new blot on therapy," Chicago Tribune.
[7] FMSF Brief Bank #4 contains Complaints and many of the filings
from the 6 year history of this suit.
[8] See FMSF Brief Bank #178.

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                  U.S. District Court Rejects Motion
  to Dismiss Psychiatric Malpractice Claim Against Dr. Bennett Braun
        Shanley v. Braun, et al., 1997 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 20024
     Memorandum Opinion and Order, docketed December 10, 1997.[1] 
In December 1997, a U.S. District Court in a Memorandum Opinion
rejected a motion to dismiss a psychiatric malpractice claim brought
by Mary Shanley against her former psychiatrist Bennett Braun and 17
other individual and corporate mental health care providers in the
Chicago area.[2] After a thorough review of the affidavits submitted
by both parties, the court held that "undisputed facts are completely
insufficient for this Court to conclude that Shanley's claim is barred
by the applicable statutes of limitation and repose."
  In 1989, Shanley entered therapy in Illinois after undergoing a
serious medical operation. During the period she was in defendants'
care,[3] she states that some of the defendants applied "hypnotic and
other suggestive and coercive techniques with the goal of uncovering
supposed 'repressed memories' of early childhood trauma." Shanley
contends that the psychotropic drugs administered in an effort to
decrease "switching" between her supposed "alter personalities" were
actually of a type that would be expected to increase her tendency
towards suggestion, coercion and manipulation by her treaters and
therapists.
  Defendants allegedly informed Shanley that her dreams of abuse were
real memories, that she suffered from a "dissociative disorder,"
possibly caused by Satanic ritual abuse (SRA), and that therapy might
elicit such memories. Dr. Braun confirmed that Shanley was a survivor
of SRA in need of additional treatment.[4] Shanley's husband was told
that he should protect the couple's young son from ritual abuse by
Shanley. Shanley was informed that, unless she "proved herself" by
coming up with information to identify other Satanists in her
community and "save" her son from the Satanic cult, she would not be
admitted to the specialized dissociation unit at Rush North Shore
Hospital. At the same time the treaters allegedly informed Shanley
that she and her family were in immediate danger from the Satanic cult
because she had divulged "cult secrets" during her therapy.
  Shanley was discharged from Rush North Shore Hospital in 1991 after
eleven months of continuous hospitalizations. From May 1991 to June
1993 Shanley was treated for MPD and SRA at Spring Shadows Glen
Hospital [5] in Houston. Her young son was sent to the children's
unit where he was diagnosed with MPD as the result of supposed satanic
abuse. During this time, Shanley's already high levels of medication
were allegedly increased further to produce more "memories" of her
involvement in the supposed Satanic cult. As part of her "treatment,"
Shanley was deprived of contact with the outside world, and was
allegedly informed that she would face criminal action and/or be
involuntarily committed if she were to attempt to leave her
"voluntary" treatment.
  Mary Shanley filed this suit in 1995, approximately 4 years after
she was discharged from treatment with the Illinois group and
approximately 2 years after she left treatment at Spring Shadows Glen
in Texas. Defendants' motion to dismiss argued that Shanley's suit
was, therefore, barred by the statute of limitations. Shanley counters
that she did not comprehend the "incredible harm that had been done"
to her or "the malpractice that had been committed" and was "legally
disabled" from the start of her treatment in early 1989 until the
cessation of her treatment in June 1993.
  Following a lengthy discussion of the definition of "legal
disability" for purposes of tolling the limitations period, the court
concluded that a genuine issue of material fact exists with respect to
Shanley's alleged legal disability sufficient to withstand the motion
for summary judgment and to send the matter to trial.
  The court explained that defendants' arguments are contradictory:
"On one hand, [defendants] assert that Shanley was mentally competent
and able to understand her rights and her cause of action, while on
the other, they maintain that Shanley's mental condition was serious
enough that it required that she be hospitalized, medicated and
psychologically treated for four years of her life." For example,
defendants presented voluntary restraint authorization forms in which
Shanley agreed to the use of leather restraints in order to help
uncover repressed memory and maintain her safety while in treatment.
Defendants argue that these forms show Shanley was able to make
decisions about her medical care at that time. The court disagreed. On
the contrary, the court wrote, the forms Shanley signed showed that
she felt she did not have the ability to keep from physically harming
herself even under Defendants' care. The court wrote, "it would be
strange to suggest that she was able to consider and exercise her
legal rights against Defendants" in that condition. Furthermore, the
court questioned whether Shanley really knew or understood what she
was signing. The court concluded that defendants' own exhibits
demonstrate that Shanley could not control herself and believed that
she was still being controlled by her "alters."
  The court quoted from extensive medical records which also supported
the view that Shanley was legally disabled at the time. One of her
caregivers wrote, "the results of the psychological examination
indicate that Mrs. Shanley is much more seriously disturbed than she
clinically presents. A great deal of trauma appears to have been
experiences [sic] early in life that she is not aware of. Serious
pathology is involved in sequestering this material behind amnestic
barriers."
  Shanley contends that as a result of her "treatment," she lost all
ties with her son, underwent more than three years of unnecessary and
improper treatment, incurred more than $2 million in medical expenses,
lost her career as a school teacher, and was divorced by her
husband. Mary Shanley is represented by Zachary M. Bravos of Wheaton,
Illinois.
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References
  1. See, FMSF Brief Bank # 42b. The summary of this case is drawn
from the U.S. District Court decision.
  2. Current defendants are Bennet Braun, M.D., Dale Giolas, M.D.,
Forest Health System, Inc., Forest Hospital, Robert J. Simandl, Elaine
Shepp, A.C.S.W., and David McNeil, M.D.
  3. Shanley was also treated by Karen Gernaey, Rush North Shore
Hospital, Roberta Sachs, Raymond Kozial, and Frank Leavitt. Each of
these defendants had previously settled out-of-court.
  4. The Court quoted extensively from Shanley's discharge summary
written in 1990 by defendant Braun: "Patient is a victim of satanic
ritualistic abuse. Diagnosis of MPD. Apparently someone outside the
family is activating her or an alter personality to attempt suicide
... One of the inside parts states that the body will be in danger
from March 22nd to April 13th. The right side remembers cult
activities such as the rites of spring occurring on March 21st. This
is apparently a time for initiation into one of three levels and also
a time for blood sacrifice...One of the goals [of therapy] was to
teach Mary some self-hypnosis techniques in order to help the alters
communicate more appropriately between [sic] each other...by the end
of March, Mary was working quite hard, but some internal parts were
sabotaging her progress in therapy...She was struggling with the
acceptance of the diagnosis of MPD and dissociation, having a high
level of denial, frequently refusing her Inderal, not participating in
group activities, maintaining an isolative [sic] and withdrawn
demeanor...At this point, Mary was able to identify five generations
of cult involvement, going back to Ireland, and an alter named Nura
came out..."
  5. See, Shanley v. Peterson, et al, U.S. Dist. Ct., Houston Div.,
Texas, No. H94-4162. See also FMSF Brief Bank #42a and FMSF
Newsletters Jan. 1995, Jan. 1996.

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Dear Friends,

        "Because of our sense of social responsibility..."  

  Thus begins the Statement of the FMSF Scientific and Professional
Advisory Board. The assembled members of the Board agreed unanimously
on a number of fundamental points about what research has shown about
memory and therapy practices. It is a strong statement and it is with
particular pleasure that we publish it in this issue.
  It is sobering to compare the views of our Board members with those
of some other professionals. The Board writes:

  "No major mental health professional association has acted
  decisively to prevent members from contributing to this public
  health problem."

Contrast that with these words of Dr. David Spiegel:

  "I'm not worried about the Texas case and I'm not worried about the
  Chicago case, because I think these were outliers where there are
  serious questions about what they were doing. I am worried, though,
  that there is a militant, aggressive advocacy group that is
  encouraging all kinds of restrictions on therapy, including
  requirements for disclosures, consent forms and restriction on
  ordinary, everyday, sensible psychotherapy, and that part of it
  bothers me." [1]

  The Texas case, Carl v Keraga, was settled for $5.9 million. The
Chicago case, Burgus v Braun, settled for $10.6 million. Yes, we all
fervently hope that these cases are outliers and we all fervently hope
that they do not reflect the nature of the majority of psychiatrists.
  We agree that there are "serious questions" about the practices of
the psychiatrists in these cases. But it should be noted that neither
of the named psychiatrists worked in a vacuum. Both Dr. Keraga and Dr.
Braun practiced their outlier therapies in accredited hospitals, in
plain view -- and with the implicit endorsement -- of their
professions. Both were well known psychiatrists and were well known
in their communities. Dr. Braun was well known as a international
authority in his field, indeed, he served as President of the
International Society for the Study of Dissociation where he exhibited
his then-patient, Pat Burgus, as a stellar example of his work.
  Both Dr. Keraga and Dr. Braun are still practicing psychiatry.
  If a profession cannot or does not curb the extreme "outliers," what
confidence can the public have? What does it say to the public that
nothing has yet been done, not one statement written, to discredit
space-alien-abduction-abuse, past-life-abuse, satanic ritual abuse
therapy or all the other "outlier" therapies? What does it say to
mental health consumers that no professional organization has taken
any steps to prevent its members from engaging in risky practices that
endanger the public?
  If professionals who have given approval to "outlier" practice by
their silence do not want external restrictions, they must act to
solve what they claim is a small problem. One puzzles over Dr. David
Spiegel's description of people who are addressing a public health
problem as a "militant, aggressive advocacy group." Does the FMSF
Advisory Board statement fit that description? We think it is
reflection of professionals who do have a sense of social
responsibility and who feel obliged to try to protect the public.

...
                                                                PAMELA

[1] Grinfeld, J. (12/1997) "Criminal Charges Filed in Recovered Memory
    Case: Psychiatrists Liable for Millions in Civil Suits,"
    Psychiatric Times.

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Dear Friends,

...

   The legal action filed in August by the Illinois Department of
License and Inspection to revoke Bennett Braun's license is another
significant and related event. Bennett Braun, M.D., whose recent $10.6
million settlement with a patient received national attention, was key
to the development and spread of recovered memory therapy practices.
He was a founder of International Society for the Study of Multiple
Personality (now ISSD) whose journals and conferences taught others
about techniques for recovering "repressed memories." "Every MPD
patient in the country owes a personal debt of gratitude to Buddy
[Braun]. He's the first ever to get a unit set up for these people,
and all the other units around the country followed the trail he has
blazed," said Richard Kluft, M.D. when honoring Braun in 1994.[1]
Gloria Steinem credited Braun in Revolution From Within, thus ensuring
the support of the women's movement.

...
                                                                PAMELA

[1] quoted in Keenan, M "The Devil and Dr. Braun", New City, June 22,
1995
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           Controversial Psychiatrist Faces Loss of License
       Illinois Department of Professional Regulation v. Braun.
                        No. 1998-10343-01 [3]
The Illinois Department of Professional Regulation issued a nine-count
complaint outlining how, according to officials, Chicago psychiatrist
Bennett Braun nearly destroyed the lives of a family he treated during
the late 1980s. The complaint is the first step in the state agency's
move to strip Dr. Braun of his medical license. It alleges gross
negligence; dishonorable, unethical and unprofessional conduct; making
false or misleading statements; and improper prescription of
controlled substances.
   According to Thomas Glasgow, chief of medical prosecutions for the
Department, Braun used irresponsible combinations of Halcion, Xanax,
sedatives, hypnotic psychotropic drugs, and prescribed Inderal, a
blood pressure drug, at levels "that weren't even animal-tested at the
time." Glasgow is quoted as saying, "[Braun] misused the course of
treatment of multiple-personality disorder the way a surgeon misuses a
knife. . . The problem here is that someone with an inordinate amount
of trust, who was caring for extremely fragile and susceptible
psychiatric patients, misused both his prestige and his medical
ability."
   Through conferences, videotapes and seminars, Braun, 58, has helped
train many of those now treating multiple-personality disorder around
the country.
   A preliminary hearing before a Department of Professional
Regulation administrative judge is scheduled for September 28. Braun's
attorney, Harvey Harris, declined to comment other than to say he
believed most of the sensational press coverage surrounding the case
to be false.
   According to the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin (8/13/98), Dr. Braun
has been sued by five former patients. Four of the suits were filed in
the last 3 years in Cook County Circuit Court, Illinois and one was
filed this year in the U.S. District Court in Illinois. While details
of the allegations vary, the suits contend that Braun misdiagnosed his
patients as having multiple personalities and dredged up false
memories that included accounts of murder, incest, rape, satanic
worship, human sacrifice or other traumatizing events. Two of the
suits have been settled without admission of liability on the part of
Braun, while the others are pending. Last October, Braun and
Rush-Presbyterian paid $10.6 million to Burgus to settle a civil
lawsuit against them. The amount is among the highest ever in a false
memory case.[4]

[3] See FMSF Brief Bank #203 for copy of Complaint. See also C.
    Grumman, Chicago Tribune, 8/13/98
[4] See FMSF Newsletter November and December 1997.

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          All Defendants Settle in Illinois Malpractice Suit
                       Shanley v. Braun, et al.
                U.S. Dist. Court, Ill., No. 95 C 6589.
n December 1997, a U.S. District Court rejected a motion to dismiss a
psychiatric malpractice claim brought by Mary Shanley against her
former psychiatrist Bennett Braun and 17 other individual and
corporate mental health care providers in the Chicago area.[7]
   Since then, all parties have amicably resolved their differences
and the case has been settled for a confidential amount.
   Mary Shanley was represented by Zachary M. Bravos of Wheaton
Illinois. Mr. Bravos also informed us that the Illinois Department of
Children and Family Services, after a review of the evidence, has
voluntarily agreed to remove Mary Shanley's name from the state
registry of "indicated" child abusers.

[7] Shanley v. Braun. et al., 1997 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 20024, Memorandum
    Opinion and Order, docketed Dec. 10, 1997. At the time of the
    December 1997 decision, defendants included Bennett Braun, M.D.,
    Dale Giolas, M.D., Forest Health System, Inc., Forest Hospital,
    Robert J. Simandl, Elaine Shepp, A.C.S.W. and David McNeil, M.D.
    Several defendants including Karen Gernaey, Rush North Shore
    Hospital, Roberta Sachs, Raymond Kozial and Frank Leavitt had
    previously settled out-of-court. See also FMSF Newsletter, March
    1998 and FMSF Brief Bank #42..

    Editor's Note: Two state appellate courts recently considered the
application of statutes of limitations in therapeutic malpractice
cases. Earlier decisions in other jurisdictions have recognized the
particular difficulties patients receiving so-called Recovered Memory
Therapy may have in understanding their injuries. [8]

[8] See, e.g., Shanley v Braun et al., 1997 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 20024.
    Memorandum Opinion and Order dated Dec. 10, 1997; Lujan v
    Mansmann, et al, 956 F. Supp. 1218 (E.D. Pa., 1997); Lujan v
    Mansmann, et al, 1997 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 14987.

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               NEW PSYCHIATRIC MALPRACTICE SUITS FILED

ILLINOIS: A psychiatric malpractice suit was filed recently in Cook
County Illinois against Bennett Braun, M.D., Roberta Sachs, Ph.D.,
Rush-Presbyterian St. Luke's Medical Center, and Corydon Hammond,
Ph.D. The plaintiff, who had been hospitalized continuously for four
years, is represented by Zachary Bravos of Wheaton Illinois and Todd
Smith of Chicago.

See also Dr. Braun et al. on ritual abuse.

A copyrighted story in the Chicago Tribune of September 24, 1998 begins as follows:

"More patients who say their lives were ruined by a Chicago-area psychiatrist have come forward, hoping their names and stories can be added to the state's effort to revoke the medical license of Dr. Bennett Braun. All allege Braun's methods ruined their lives by convincing them they participated in cults, sexual abuse and even cannibalism, according to state regulators."