April 18, 2013

1. More about Gore Vidal
2. Why I don't write about the DSM-5
About ME/CFS


Yesterday there was another bit of Dutch, for the most part at least. Today there are some brief references to stuff I wrote earlier about.

The reason there isn't more today is that I am not very well, for which reason the present Nederlog is quite small.

1. More about Gore Vidal

I have been looking rather a lot at Gore Vidal lately, for several reasons:

(1) Until the last summer I was only very superficially informed about him, knowing barely that he existed, and indeed found out about him only after he died;
(2) since then I have not bought any books about him (among other things because I very rarely go out) but have learned a fair amount about his ideas;
(3) his ideas interest me because (a) he does have an excellent background to know a lot, mostly by birth, about the ruling class of the USA, and because (b) he and I agree about quite a lot, and also
(4) he is quite interesting as a conversationalist.

There are more reasons, but these suffice to explain my continued interest in him.

This are quite a few good references on Gore Vidal on Youtube, from which I list one, except that this is the first of a full three hours:
And there is also this, that is considerably older and - therefore - with a considerably younger Vidal:
There will be more about Vidal, but not today: I really am not fit.

2. Why I don't write about the DSM-5

I have more or less stopped writing about the DSM-5 because it seems useless to me.

This does not mean that I ceased to believe it is dangerous, and may well help to kill quite a few persons, for in fact I think this is quite likely, but mostly because of dr. Allen Frances, the chief editor of the the DSM-IV, who still opposes it, as I do, but who also still subscribes to most of it, as I do not do; and also to the - to my mind - quite remarkable lack of interest of most patients with ME/CFS.

Now in some ways all of this is quite in character: Dr. Frances - it may be argued - cannot be expected to deviate too much from the psychiatry he has been teaching and applying for some 35 years; I cannot be expected to deviate too much from opposing psychiatry, since I have been doing so since 1970; while the lack of interest - for the most part - of the patients of ME/CFS is all to be expected, since most of them have no science; and that is that.

Or so it may be thought - except that I disagree.

I disagree, because it seems to me as if psychiatry never was a real science, and has been even less of a real science since 1980, because then all theorizing has been excluded from it, which means that it cannot possibly be a science; because dr. Frances still writes books about it, and still acts as if drs. Regier and Kupfer, who head the DSM-5, are to be trusted; and because the general indifference of the patients with ME/CFS to the large dangers that threaten them seems to invite the very dangers they manage to be mostly silent about.

But I agree there is very little I can do about this. Then again, I also agree it makes little sense for me to write about this, since I - very probably, mostly because I soon am pensionable, and am quite difficult to defeat in argument - have little to fear from psychiatry.

About ME/CFS (that I prefer to call M.E.: The "/CFS" is added to facilitate
(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)

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)
Maarten Maartensz
Resources about ME/CFS
(more resources, by many)

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