Psychiatry’s disorders

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December 29, 2011
by Bryan Caplan  
Posted in Commentary

"The authority of any doctor depends on their ability to name a patient's suffering. For patients to accept a diagnosis, they must believe that doctors know -- in the same way that physicists know about gravity or biologists about mitosis -- that their disease exists and that they have it. But this kind of certainty has eluded psychiatry, and every fight over nomenclature threatens to undermine the legitimacy of the profession by revealing its dirty secret: that for all their confident pronouncements, psychiatrists can't rigorously differentiate illness from everyday suffering." (12/29/11)  

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