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  March 20, 2013

Varia: DSM-5, letter from a dying veteran, supplement to Hazlitt
"If mankind had wished for what is right, they might have had it long ago. The theory is plain enough; but they are prone to mischief, 'to every good work reprobate.'"
   -- Hazlitt








Sections

Introduction   
1. The new somatic symptom disorder in the DSM-5
2. Dick Cheney and George Bush as mass-murderers
3. Extension and correction of Hazlitt's saying
About ME/CFS


Introduction:
There is today again only a brief Nederlog because of the problems with my eyes, that I made more serious yesterday by writing too much, which resulted in more pain and less sleep.

Of the three sections that follow, the first two are mostly links, and the last is an extension and partial correction of Hazlitt's [1] saying that opened today's, yesterday's and some other Nederlogs, because I think it is justified if partial, as I will explain below.

1. The new somatic symptom disorder in the DSM-5

There is a brief article by Allen Frances in the British 3edical Journal, as Dx Revision Watch says, and I quote from the last excellent site:

Come May, everyone with chronic medical illness or long-term pain – from cancer to coronary disease, MS to myalgia, becomes a potential candidate for a new mental health label.

On Wednesday, BMJ publishes a commentary on the DSM-5 ‘Somatic Symptom Disorder’ by Allen Frances, MD, who chaired the Task Force for DSM-IV, with contribution from Dx Revision Watch:

And that "Wednesday" is today - March 20, 2013 - and the piece on Dx Revision Watch goes by this title and link

while the text by Dr Frances has the following title and link (to the full text):

The BMJ also prints a "reply" by a psychiatric threesome that I may return later to, if I can somewhat curb my nausea and contempt.

2. Dick Cheney and George Bush as mass-murderers

Tomas Young is a 33-year old US veteran of the Iraq war, who was paralyzed ten years ago in Iraq and now is dying. His story is here:

He also wrote a brave letter:

It is a bitter letter - imagine dying at 33 after 10 years of misery, pain and invalidity, due to having having volunteered after 9/11 - and it is a fair letter, for the men he addresses did not dare to defend their own country when they could and should have:

Your positions of authority, your millions of dollars of personal wealth, your public relations consultants, your privilege and your power cannot mask the hollowness of your character. You sent us to fight and die in Iraq after you, Mr. Cheney, dodged the draft in Vietnam, and you, Mr. Bush, went AWOL from your National Guard unit. Your cowardice and selfishness were established decades ago. You were not willing to risk yourselves for our nation but you sent hundreds of thousands of young men and women to be sacrificed in a senseless war with no more thought than it takes to put out the garbage.

It seems a fair and justified indictment to me, also - though not only - because of this:

I have, like many other disabled veterans, suffered from the inadequate and often inept care provided by the Veterans Administration. I have, like many other disabled veterans, come to realize that our mental and physical wounds are of no interest to you, perhaps of no interest to any politician. We were used. We were betrayed. And we have been abandoned.

Indeed, and that is what makes it so sick and morally degenerate: The least the US government should do, if it were honorable if grossly mistaken, is to take care that the veterans who did not get killed fighting for their country do get adequate and unstinted help when they return disabled.

3. Extension and correction of Hazlitt's saying

I repeatedly quoted the remark of Hazlitt that I opened today's and yesterday's Nederlog with:

"If mankind had wished for what is right, they might have had it long ago. The theory is plain enough; but they are prone to mischief, 'to every good work reprobate.'"

I did so because I like it and because I think it is fair - see the text of George Carlin's "A ticket to the freak show" for reasons why - but it does need an extension, which also is to some extent a correction, or at least a supplement, along lines like the following - and although indented, this text is mine:

If mankind did not get what is right, it is not only because they did not wish what is right but also because they often were deceived and misled by their leaders in politics, religion or philosophy to wish and to do what is not right: The bad misleading and abusing the dumb sums up large parts of human history quite well.
That also seems to me to sum up most of the stuff that both the current crisis and "the war against terror" are made of.
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Notes

[1] In case you might be confused: When I write "Hazlitt" I mean William Hazlitt, 1778-1830, the English essayist. I am aware of at least two other Hazlitts who were authors, viz. his grandson, and Henry Hazlitt, who wrote about economics, but I do not mean them unless I explicitly say so, and have only read very little by them.


About ME/CFS (that I prefer to call M.E.: The "/CFS" is added to facilitate search machines) which is a disease I have since 1.1.1979:
1. Anthony Komaroff

Ten discoveries about the biology of CFS(pdf)

2. Malcolm Hooper THE MENTAL HEALTH MOVEMENT:  
PERSECUTION OF PATIENTS?
3. Hillary Johnson

The Why  (currently not available)

4. Consensus (many M.D.s) Canadian Consensus Government Report on ME (pdf - version 2003)
5. Consensus (many M.D.s) Canadian Consensus Government Report on ME (pdf - version 2011)
6. Eleanor Stein

Clinical Guidelines for Psychiatrists (pdf)

7. William Clifford The Ethics of Belief
8. Malcolm Hooper Magical Medicine (pdf)
9.
Maarten Maartensz
Resources about ME/CFS
(more resources, by many)


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