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PET Scan Scrutinized in Fashion Writer’s Trial

Posted May 11, 2007 9:46 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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The defense in the sex abuse trial of former fashion writer Peter Braunstein called a psychiatrist to testify and showed slides of the defendant’s brain.

The psychiatrist pointed to blue colors in a PET scan of mostly red, orange and yellow, and said they were evidence of schizophrenia, according to the New York Times.

Looking at the scan alone, “I would say this person has changes in personality, will have difficulty planning, making executive judgments and thinking ahead,” said psychiatry professor Monte S. Buchsbaum.

The prosecution claims Braunstein spent months planning the attack.

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