How positivism can get you killed
February 24, 2014 § 5 Comments
Better that patients should die than that medical science cop to ignorance:
The dangers of assigning a psychosomatic diagnosis are shown in a March 2013 article by Alice Philipson in the Telegraph of London. The title is: Professor Dies of Lung Cancer After Doctors Dismiss Illness as ‘Purely Psychological.’ If the DSM-5 SSD category is widely used in its present form, this patient fatality could be joined by many more. Rare disorders and chronic pain patients are already frequently dismissed or marginalized as “head cases.” DSM-5 will only make this problem worse.
At least when the Aztecs sacrificed you to their gods you got to visit a nice ziggurat. Modernity’s gods are so much more clinical.