Fellow Psychiatrists Hammer Ablow

Fellow Psychiatrists Hammer Ablow November 10, 2014

It’s about damn time that Fox News’ Keith Ablow was taken out to the woodshed by his fellow psychiatrists for his laughably idiotic and unethical diagnoses of what is wrong with Obama. In an AP article, the past president of the American Psychiatric Association hammers him:

Dr. Jeffrey Lieberman, chairman of psychiatry at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons, said Ablow seems more interested in entertaining than in reflecting well on his profession. Lieberman is past president of the American Psychiatric Association, which discourages members from speculating on psychiatric characteristics of non-patients.

“It is shameful and unfortunate that he is given a platform by Fox News or any other media organization,” Lieberman said. “Basically he is a narcissistic self-promoter of limited and dubious expertise.”

Ablow isn’t an APA member, having resigned in 2011 in a dispute over transgenderism.

It’s not unusual for there to be an uncomfortable relationship between the medical community and doctors who get into television. Talk show hosts Dr. Phil and Dr. Oz have their critics. Dr. Drew Pinsky took heat for exposing rehab patients to the pressure of a televised recovery.

While doctors are entitled to political opinions like anyone else, the way Ablow tries to connect his views to medical analysis “is really just irresponsible and it’s embarrassing for physicians in general,” said Ford Vox, a staff psychiatrist at the Shepherd Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center in Atlanta.

It’s completely unethical. Oh, and that “dispute over transgenderism” that led Ablow to resign from the APA in 2011 was Chas Bono appearing on Dancing With the Stars, which Ablow said would cause kids watching the show to develop “gender identity disorder.” He was criticized by the APA for that ridiculous and irrational claim and he took his ball and went home. Quite frankly, I think Ablow should be stripped of his license. Any psychiatrist who does the kind of absurd diagnoses on people he’s never met based on political boilerplate should not be allowed to practice.

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