Thursday, April 20, 2006

An unbiased diagnosis (of sorts)

From today's Washington Post comes another dog-bites-man revelation:
Every psychiatric expert involved in writing the standard diagnostic criteria for disorders such as depression and schizophrenia has had financial ties to drug companies that sell medications for those illnesses, a new analysis has found.

Of the 170 experts in all who contributed to the manual that defines disorders from personality problems to drug addiction, more than half had such ties, including 100 percent of the experts who served on work groups on mood disorders and psychotic disorders.
What's the appropriate amount of disclosure required for us to feel more at ease with "expert opinions"? Or should we seek solace in expert opinion at all anymore? The Wisdom of the Crowds is looking more and more attractive as we uncover more and more monetary influences behind the lone-expert opinions. Not as a silver bullet mind you, but as a viable alternative to taking at face value the recommendation of someone who's getting paid to influence behavior.

Regardless, it would seem that the "cure" for ADT is just around the corner, don't you think? (maybe in the form of a massive power outage)

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