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Joaquim Puig-Antich, Noted Child Psychiatrist, Dies

December 4, 1989

PITTSBURGH (AP) _ Noted child psychiatrist Joaquim Puig-Antich, who helped pioneer the study of depression in children and adolescents, has died of bronchial asthma. He was 45.

Puig-Antich died at his Pittsburgh home Saturday, according Gloria Kreps, spokeswoman for the the University of Pittsburgh.

Puig-Antich, who was born in Barcelona, Spain, was one of the first researchers to recognize the existence of depression in children and adolescents and advance its study, Ms. Kreps said. He also was among the first to study the use of antidepressant medications by youths.

At the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, where he was a professor of psychiatry and pediatrics, Puig-Antich established a state-of- the-art sleep and neuroendocrine laboratory to investigate mood disorders in children and youth.

Puig-Antich was also chief of clinical services and chief of child and adolescent psychiatry at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic.

He served on a number of national committees and on the editorial boards of several prominent national and international scientific journals, including the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, the Journal of Child Psychology and Phychiatry and the Journal of Affective Disorders.

Puig-Antich is survived by three daughters; their mother, Lee Worthington Puig-Antich of suburban Mount Lebanon; and three sisters.

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