Is President Bush disabled?
And now for a couple of mental health stories that recently caught Crippled Monkey's attention.
First, there's a bit of a scandal breaking across the Atlantic as it's revealed by US researchers that most of the experts who wrote the manual widely used in America to diagnose mental illness have had financial ties to makers of drugs. They're now calling for full disclosure of the relationships between companies and the medical experts who put togther the snappily-named Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.
Of course, this could be something that the US President himself might like to look into as, allegedly, according to a new book by Professor Justin Frank, an American psychiatrist, George W. Bush 'is suffering from serious mental illness'. So there you go. Er, allegedly. Again.
Professor Frank says that Bush exhibits classic signs of having paranoid schizophrenia, which lead him to "believe hs is omnipotent and able to operate outside the law", plus that he could be "driven by his medical condition to invent and then destroy enemies to demonstrate his power to the world".
The White House has refused to comment, other than offering a curt: "We don't do book reviews".