July 1, 2008
A video released Monday by lawyers suing Kings County Hospital shows a woman dying on the floor of a psychiatric emergency room while people nearby ignore her.
The lawsuit alleges neglect and abuse of mental health patients at the facility. The video shows the 49-year-old woman keeling over and falling out out of her chair on June 19. She lies facedown, thrashes about, and goes unattended for an hour before someone even realized was had happened and helped.
The agency that runs the municipal hospital, the city’s Health and Hospitals Corp., fired several staffers as a result.
April 30, 2008
Known as the father of the LSD and the modern psychadelic experience, Albert Hoffman passed away Tuesday at his home in Burg im Leimental, Switzerland. He was 102 years old. His efforts chemically influenced not only a social movement in 1960’s but millions of people for decades to follow.
The Swiss chemist discovered lysergic acid diethylamide-25 in 1938 while studying the medicinal uses of a fungus found on wheat and other grains at the Sandoz Pharmaceuticals firm in Basel. He became the first human guinea pig of the drug when a tiny amount of the substance seeped onto his finger during a laboratory experiment on April 16, 1943. The rest is now history.