Is Trump Clinically Insane? The Goldwater Rule Revisited.
Senator Barry Goldwater When the very conservative Senator Barry Goldwater ran for president against Lyndon Johnson in 1964, a time when liberalism was ascendant in this country, Fact Magazine published an article entitled “The Unconscious of a Conservative: A Special Issue on the Mind of Barry Goldwater.” In it over two thousand psychiatrists responded to a poll and 1,200 of them said that the Senator was mentally unfit for office. Goldwater sued for libel and was eventually awarded $75,000 in punitive damages. This ugly incident led the American Psychiatric Association to adopt §7.3 to its Code of Ethics stating: On occasion psychiatrists are asked for an opinion about an individual who is in the light of public attention or who has disclosed information about himself/herself through public media. In such circumstances, a psychiatrist may share with the public his or her expertise about psychiatric issues in general. However, it is unethical for a psych