Monday, January 08, 2018

Dr. Bandy Lee, anxious to diagnose President Trump without ever having examined him, has violated medical ethics

From Newsweek:

"President Donald Trump’s mental health might lead to the extinction of the human species, the Yale psychiatrist briefing lawmakers on the president's psychological state told Newsweek on Friday.

If it were possible, Dr. Bandy Lee said, 'we would be declaring a public health emergency that needs to be responded to as quickly as possible.'

'As more time passes, we come closer to the greatest risk of danger, one that could even mean the extinction of the human species,' she said. 'This is not hyperbole. This is the reality.”'

After a series of tweets from Trump that appeared to threaten North Korea with nuclear war, Lee and hundreds of her colleagues at the National Coalition of Concerned Mental Health Experts issued a statement calling into question his mental health and psychological fitness for the presidency.

Dr. Lee has violated one of the principles of medical ethics formulated by the American Psychiatric Association and should be held accountable for her actions.

"On occasion psychiatrists are asked for an opinion about an individual who is in the light of public attention or who has disclosed information about himself/herself through public media.
In such circumstances, a psychiatrist may share with the public his or her expertise about psychiatric issues in general. However, it is unethical for a psychiatrist to offer a professional 
opinion unless he or she has conducted an examination and has been granted proper authorization for such a statement."  See here.

Dr. Lee is most unprofessional.  She should be fired and her license to practice subjected to review.


Paul Anthony Melanson said...

A question for Dr. Lee, who appears to have the intellectual acumen of a snow pea:

Was Kennedy psychologically damaged and risking the "extinction of the human species" when he risked a nuclear confrontation standing up to the Soviets during the Cuban Missile Crisis?

Paul Anthony Melanson said...

Or was standing up to an evil regime "permissible" and psychologically healthy in that instance because JFK was a Democrat?

John A. said...

I agree that Bandy should be fired. She has allowed partisan politics to diminish her credibility and that of the Yale School of Medicine.

Her violation of APA medical ethics is grounds for termination and the revocation of her license to practice.

Paul Anthony Melanson said...

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