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Kategorie: Geschichte

Quotations From the Genetics “Graveyard”: Nearly Half a Century of False Positive Gene Discovery Claims in Psychiatry

In a 1992 essay, British psychiatric genetic researcher Michael Owen wondered whether schizophrenia molecular genetic research would become the “graveyard of molecular geneticists.”1 Owen predicted that if major schizophrenia genes existed, they would be found within five years of that date. He was optimistic, believing that “talk of graveyards is premature.”2 Owen now believes that genes for schizophrenia and other disorders have been found, and was subsequently knighted for his work. Despite massively improved technology, however, decades of molecular genetic gene finding attempts have failed to provide consistently replicated evidence of specific genes that play a role in causing the major psychiatric disorders. In 2013, the American Psychiatric Association admitted as much.


Psychiatry’s Poor Image: Reflecting on Psychiatrists’ “Apologias”

Those of us who critique psychiatry were recently treated to an interesting phenomenon—the publicly available part of the January 2015 issue of Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, which contains multiple articles devoted to the question of psychiatry’s “poor image” — how to understand it, how to assess it, what to do about it. The release of this issue is hardly the first occasion where articles have appeared in which psychiatrists have speculated on outsiders’ negative image of the profession. Indeed, more and more, we are seeing such articles together with other evidence that the professionals are concerned (e.g., Bhugra and Moran, 2014; and Oxtoby, 2008). What makes this issue special is that there is a sizable number of commentators; moreover, they include such leading figures as Gaebel, current President of the European Psychiatric Association, Wasserman, former President of the European Psychiatric Association, and Bhugra, President of the World Psychiatric Association. Could it be that the upper echelons of psychiatry, whether they admit or not, are becoming alarmed? Regardless, these psychiatric reflections are themselves a source of data—hence this article.


Dr. Datta – Still Repackaging Psychiatry

On December 1, Mad in America published an article titled When Homosexuality Came Out (of the DSM).  The author is Vivek Datta, MD, MPH, a British physician.  The article was also published the same day on Dr. Datta’s blog site, Medicine and Society.

The article focuses on the removal of homosexuality from the DSM, which occurred in 1973.  Dr. Datta discusses this issue and various related themes, and he draws some conclusions that, in my opinion, are unwarranted and misleading.

Here are some quotes from Dr. Datta’s article, interspersed with my comments.


Looking Back: Interpreting lobotomy – the patients’ stories

Mical Raz examines the reasons why the procedure was once so popular, with patients and physicians alike


Fachausschuss der Stadt Lüneburg präsentiert Entwurf einer Anlage für die Opfer der NS-Psychiatrie

Vor mehr als 70 Jahren wurden ihre Leichname verscharrt, weil sie als „lebensunwert“ galten. Jetzt sollen die mehr als 350 Opfer der sogenannten Kindereuthanasie eine würdige Gedenkstätte erhalten. Die Kinder waren im Nationalsozialismus Psychiatriepatienten der damaligen Heil- und Pflegeanstalt. Sie wurden von Ärzten und Pflegern mittels Mangelernährung und Überdosen des Schlafmittels Luminal ermordet, anschließend auf dem Anstaltsfriedhof verscharrt, der heutige Friedhof Nord-West auf Höhe Gut Wienebüttel. Im Grünflächen- und Forstausschuss wurde jetzt ein gemeinsamer Anlagen-Entwurf der Stadt sowie der Arbeitsgruppe (AG) Bildungs- und Gedenkstätte „Opfer der NS-Psychiatrie“ der Psychiatrischen Klinik Lüneburg für alle Opfer vorgestellt.