Monday, June 6, 2011

A Fascinating Man and

a remarkable man. A practicing psychoanalyst since the 1940s-a clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of California, Los Angeles, and the University of California, San Francisco-- Dr. Leo Rangell was seeing patients until shortly before his death. - you can read his HuffPo blog posts here.--"Cool" was his last blog post this year, at the age of 97.

His book "The Mind of Watergate" explored the public pathology that he said gives rise to corruption; he called it the Nixon Syndrome. "The fact is that Nixon was sick in the realm of integrity," Rangell wrote. "This is an area in which the mental sciences have lagged."
A computer-savvy nonagenarian, he blogged for the Huffington Post on topics that included the shooting of Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords as well as an unusual malady he developed about 15 years ago. While recuperating from heart bypass surgery in 1995, he began to hear music - Hebrew chants at first, then a hit parade of sentimental standards such as "The Chattanooga Choo-Choo" and "When Johnny Comes Marching Home." It caused him some anxiety when he realized no one else heard the music that he heard nearly all the time. The "musical hallucinosis," as he called the involuntary tunes, became a fixture of his life, though he learned to control and, eventually, accept it.

"I have become familiar with a new dimension of me," he wrote in a 2006 blog post. "The songs come on their own, and I listen. I am listening to me."

--we doubt it - but it would be fun if one of the tunes he could not get out of his head was the Jungian themed Synchronicity I or Sychronicity II -- oh, those Jungians at it again!
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97, very well done. RIP.

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