FROM Michael First
Will the DSM-5 Redefine Who's Normal and Who's Not? The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the DSM, is an important book for psychiatrists and their patients. Published by the American Psychiatric Association in 1994, the fourth edition has had enormous influence: helping doctors determine which patients are well and which are mentally ill. In cases of illness, the DSM recommends appropriate treatments, including medicines. Wednesday's publication of the DSM-5 has divided the psychiatric profession. But high profile critics claim it's a recipe for over-diagnosis and excessive medication to the benefit of a professional clique and drug manufacturers. With an absence of scientific understanding of how the brain really works, are there better alternatives? We hear a variety of opinions.
The US gets deeper into Middle East wars. What's the endgame? President Trump welcomed Egypt's President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi to the White House today… just one of the changes in America's approach to the Middle East since Barack Obama left office. We hear about that and the escalation of warfare as well as civilian casualties.
Trump's ethical conflicts pile up as transparency diminishes President Trump's refusal to reveal his income tax returns is just one example of a lack of transparency that could be hiding conflicts of interest. Other conflicts are already obvious from his appointments. And he's being sued for using his job to increase his profits.
Will the march for science politicize objective research? Protesters are gathering all over the country for tomorrow's Earth Day March for Science. Since President Trump has proposed massive cuts in basic scientific research, will the movement be perceived as partisan politics — whether scientists themselves like it or not?