He died, aged 77, on 24 January at Temple University Hospital, from complications of heart surgery. He was part of a generation of researchers who abandoned the psychoanalytic model of psychiatry to focus on pharmacological hewcastle.
He was actively involved in research in alcoholism, schizophrenia, psychopharmacology and electroencephalography, and was author or co-author of more than scientific publications. Beginning in the early s, he switched from non-pharmacological approaches in the study and treatment of mental illness to pursue clinical drug studies.
Pfeiffer, Leonide Goldstein and Henry B. Murphree in comparing the brain waves of healthy patients given lysergic acid diethylamide LSD and other psychotropics with those of patients with psychosis. Dr Sugerman was among the first beloe study psychotropic drugs for the treatment of schizophrenia. He participated in a landmark study of lithium funded by the Veterans Association-National Institute for Mental Health and continued to help patients he met there mode,s the next 30 years.
In addition to his research career, he practised psychiatry for 20 years at the Carrier Clinic necastle called the Carrier Foundationa private psychiatric hospital in Belle Mead, New Jersey. At Carrier, he succeeded Robert Garber as Medical Director, in addition to serving as Director of Research and founding the out-patient department.
He was associated with the University Medical Center of Princeton uppn over 30 years and had been appointed senior attending physician there. In later years, he found the increasing fragmentation of clinical research less interesting and devoted himself to private practice as well as teaching, including as Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey - Robert Wood Johnson Medical School; visiting professor at Hahnemann University, Philadelphia; and visiting professor at the Center of Alcohol Studies, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey.
Throughout his life, he was actively involved in the Jewish community.
His wide-ranging interests included a decades-long devotion to genealogy that resulted in a family database of some 25 names. Topical Index:.