Diagnosing the President from Afar

Medicine is hard. Or at least the names of medicine groups are.

Stat news created buzz when it published a story that a psychiatry group wanted to do away with the Goldwater Rule, which prohibits most psychiatrists from giving opinions about the mental state of anyone they have not evaluated.

Still it’s all about Trump, pundits and social media jumped on the news.

But the news site was talking about a small group, American Psychoanalytic Association, which has some psychiatrists, as opposed to the larger group, American Psychiatric Association.

Denials of things not said in the story, and word parsing exploded. The more nuanced story, which Statnews’s gets, is that cracks on following the rule continue to spread.

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