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The decision to put the control of one person under the control of another is based on the assumption that the person in control somehow knows better and that somehow justifies them making decisions for that other person. It is far from an academic question. Much of the current hullabaloo about mental health reform created by the Murphy Bill is fed by the belief that the biggest problem with the mental health system is that the authority of psychiatrists have been compromised. Basically the answer Murphy proposes is to re-establish the control of psychiatric vision. The problem according to Murphy is we are not medical enough. He would have us become more medical.
The question is real simple. Is there any real evidence that psychiatrists are rational? Are they rational or rationalizing?
My impression, based on my personal experience, is that psychiatric care is often more a function of the…
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