100 years ago doctors had little credibility. A education reformer's report remarkably reformed medical education and physicians' professionalism. In the last thirty years this credibility has been eroded by financial ties between doctors and the drug companies. Is it time for another Flexner Report.
The decision by the Massachusett's Board of Registration in Medicine to allow the psychiatrist in the Rebecca Riley murder case to practice again without any restrictions makes no sense in light of the specific facts that emerged in testimony during the trials. However, punishing the doctor would have also challenged Harvard's Pediatric Psychopharmacology Clinic which promotes the bipolar diagnosis and aggressive use of psychiatric medication in children.
Apparently, the closer you are to Harvard the more legitimate Pediatric Bipolar Disorder becomes. Carolyn Riley, the mother of Rebecca Riley who was killed, four years ago was convicted on February 9th of second degree murder. The doctor who prescribed the girl three psychiatric drugs was granted immunity from prosecution and continues to practice.
The War Against Boys: How Misguided Feminism Is Harming Our Young Men (Simon and Schuster) by Christina Hoff Sommers.
Fairly shrill sometimes polemical attack on the preposterous "politically correct" notion that boys can be reformed early in their lives to act more like girls. The attacks sometimes get pretty personal against well known authors like Carol Gilligan, Mary Pipher (Ophelia Syndrome) and William Pollack (Real Boys), but I basically agree with much of what she has to say. Boys won't and can't be turned into acting like girls no matter how useful some people may think that could be. More useful -- boys need their fathers around for leadership and firm discipline according to Sommers and I agree.