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Faculty member edits electronic journal on mental health (7/7/97)

Charles L. Bowden, MD, professor and interim chairman of the department of psychiatry at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, is editor-in-chief of Medscape Mental Health, produced by Medscape Inc., the most referenced medical database in the world.

"Medscape Mental Health has set a standard of quality that no other Internet publication for psychiatrists has attained or is likely to attain in the near future," Dr. Bowden said. "Medscape Mental Health has rapidly moved toward becoming a useful and appealing informational and educational resource for clinicians."

Almost 3% of the population who suffer from severe mental illness go undiagnosed and untreated. Information published on this Web site will educate and help further the sense of community for psychiatrists in a way different from other forums, according to Dr. Bowden. It will also improve the quality of patient care by making this important information readily available to a broad clinician audience.

"Personally, my articles and editorial comments in Medscape Mental Health have brought more immediate and wider feedback from fellow psychiatrists than most other journals in which I've published," Dr. Bowden said.

Medscape, which updates information daily, has access to full-text articles and offers physicians Continuing Medical Education credits. It is available at http://www.medscape.com.

Dr. Bowden holds the Nancy U. Karren Chair of Psychiatry at the Health Science Center, where he serves as chief of the division of biological psychiatry as well as interim chairman, and is also professor of pharmacology. His interests focus primarily on mood disorders and psychopharmacology, and he has been principal investigator for 45 studies funded by pharmaceutical companies, NIMH, and various foundations. Dr. Bowden frequently serves as consultant to pharmaceutical companies and governmental agencies and is named in *Best Doctors in the US* in the area of mood disorders. In addition, he is a member of the Board of Trustees of The American Psychiatric Association.

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