Did you hear about the person convicted of murdering a shrink, who upon being sentenced by the judge, successfully pled social betterment and had his sentence reduced?
A former mental patient, and an avid horsewoman, was recently brought before the court on the charge of assault and battery of a neighbor. It seems that the latter had referred to shrinks as a horses' asses. The horsewoman was so outraged at the comparison that she horse whipped her neighbor within an inch of his life.
The propensity of shrinks to consider differences abnormal interests me. Some researchers claimed to have found a gene associated with attention deficit disorder. The use of the word, "disorder," implies, of course, that "attention deficit" is abnormal. Forget that many great artists, musicians, captains of industry, scientists, and other pioneers couldn't sit still in their youth and were interested in other things than what was being taught in schools. But aside from that, most shrinks I have met were certainly different. Does that mean they are abnormal? No, that simply shows that the normal band is narrow indeed, being occupied by shrinks and a few others.
In order to successfully sue a medical doctor for malpractice, one must show that the doctor's standard of care was below the standard of care of doctors of his or her specialty in the community. Psychiatry, being a medical specialty, falls under this rule, but few shrinks are ever charged with malpractice. Why? The standard of care of psychiatrists as a whole is so low that it is improbable that any one shrink would fall below it.
I hear that a favorite subject of psychs at parties nowadays is how to provide sex therapy to patients without being found guilty of rape.
Lawrence Wiley, List owner, Copyright (c) 1998