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Dr. Claudewell S. Thomas, M.D.

Psychiatrist

Claudewell S. Thomas, MD, MPH, DLFAPA, is an established psychiatrist currently retired and living in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. He received his medical degree in 1956 at SUNY Downstate College of Medicine and specializes in social psychiatry, public health psychiatry, and forensic psychiatry. Dr. Thomas was board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
63 years Experience
Dr. Claudewell S. Thomas, M.D.
Specializes in:
  • Psychiatric Disorders
  • Public Health
  • RANCHO PALOS VERDES, CA
  • SUNY Downstate Medical Center
  • Not accepting new patients

Health Equity: What Does it Mean?

Health Equity: What Does it Mean?

The upcoming November APHA meeting has as its central theme Health Care equity. For a nation and a world in deep trouble because of global warming, human trafficking, worldwide...

Health & The Supermarket: The Profit Motive Is Alive and Well in the 21st Century-- So You Must Be Too!

Health & The Supermarket: The Profit Motive Is Alive and Well in the 21st Century-- So You Must Be Too!

The other day I made a series of rare visits, first to a supermarket, then to a drug store, and finally to an auto body shop. A friend and neighbor drove past as I had to drive...

Health Care Providers, Patients, and the Undeclared War:

Health Care Providers, Patients, and the Undeclared War:

We (The USA) are at war. It is undeclared, it is cyberwar, it is spyware, it is economic war, and it is psychological war. There are no treaty derived rules that can be pointed...

Another Look at Gun Violence, The Opioid Epidemic, Suicide, and Depression/Anxiety

Another Look at Gun Violence, The Opioid Epidemic, Suicide, and Depression/Anxiety

According to the July 15 issue of Psychiatric News, suicide deaths in the U. S. have climbed dramatically in the last several years. They have nearly doubled in women. While...

Technological Innovation in Medical Research and Practice and Ethics: Are the two in conflict?

Technological Innovation in Medical Research and Practice and Ethics: Are the two in conflict?

On June 26th, 2000, the POTUS (Bill Clinton) and the British Prime Minister (Tony Blair) announced the completion of the Human Genome Project, a feat once thought unaccomplishable...

Healthcare and Politics

Healthcare and Politics

Previous postings have outlined relationships between health and disposable income, health and environment, etc. A public health/epidemiologic approach to identification of factors...

Pubic Health in Pursuit of Happiness

The May issue of Psychiatric Times declared the USA an unhappy nation based on reports from psychiatric centers across the country. Anxiety and depression are the primary indicators...

The Definition of Addiction vs, The Meaning of Addiction: What Patients and Potential Patients (All of Us) Need to Consider

The Definition of Addiction vs, The Meaning of Addiction: What Patients and Potential Patients (All of Us) Need to Consider

The most recent edition of The American Scientist featured an article which challenged assertions made by last September's National Geographic magazine and JAMA, American Journal...

What Does A Public Health Approach Mean To The Nations Health and to Governmental Purpose and Function?

What Does A Public Health Approach Mean To The Nations Health and to Governmental Purpose and Function?

Epidemiologic studies of addiction, gun violence, disease outbreak, cancer, etc are of enormous value to citizens of any nation including ours. The resources to pursue such issues...

Health, Happiness, Anxiety/Depression, Addiction, Gun Violence... One Hell of a Gordian Knot!

Health, Happiness, Anxiety/Depression, Addiction, Gun Violence... One Hell of a Gordian Knot!

The November issue of National Geographic magazine, in an article written by Dan Buettner, amply illustrated, with photographs and commentary by Cory Richards, that Costa Rica,...

Work and Physical and Mental Health

Work and Physical and Mental Health

Finland has been declared "The Happiest Country on Earth" by a U. N. commission with Scandinavian countries occupying the top four entries in the category. With recent immigrants...

A Pandemic of Anxiety/Depression: What Does It Mean for Each Individual in the US?

A Pandemic of Anxiety/Depression: What Does It Mean for Each Individual in the US?

We have discussed the prevalence of the tandem of anxiety and depression in the U. S. A. and worldwide. From what we are able to learn from published literature, there is a pandemic...

Globalism and Healthcare: Staying Tuned

Globalism and Healthcare: Staying Tuned

In the midst of the failure of the 'repeal and replace' effort of the GOP, is the "America First" issue representative of nations first, healthcare protectionism versus globalism,...

Prodrome or Concomitant?

Prodrome or Concomitant?

Depression and anxiety: Prodrome or concomitant? A number of questions arise for patients who experience acute or persistent depressed mood. Instant access to the Internet or...

National Angst and the Opioid Epidemic

National Angst and the Opioid Epidemic

I don't know whether or not the POTUS has gotten around to declaring the opioid epidemic a national crisis. It seems that he has been busy with declarations that have added to...

World Leadership and Individual Wellbeing

World Leadership and Individual Wellbeing

We live in a world of turmoil and tumult word of which is transmitted at nearly warp speed. The devices that acquire the stream of information are numerous and diverse. With...

Anxiety and Depression: Products of Daily Living or Indicators of Ill Health?

Anxiety and Depression: Products of Daily Living or Indicators of Ill Health?

A recent national survey revealed that close to 80 percent of Americans associate anxious feelings and sadness with the signaling of a health problem in today's world compared...

Emergency Room Health Care: Commodity, Right, Privilege, First Line of Defense

Emergency Room Health Care: Commodity, Right, Privilege, First Line of Defense

While the political battles rage around health care amid easy assurances that hospital emergency rooms are always available, we need to recognize that there are ideological enemies...