Krauthammer Classic ("Medicalizing Mass Murder")

Charles Krauthammer’s Friday Washington Post column adds insights that only he can provide.

. “How many of those doctors commit mass murder? It’s been decades since I practiced psychiatry. Perhaps I missed the epidemic.”

. “After all, secondary PTSD, for those who believe in it (you won’t find it in DSM-IV-TR, psychiatry’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual), is known as ‘compassion fatigue.’ The poor man — pushed over the edge by an excess of sensitivity. ”

. “I gave one myself on post-traumatic retrograde amnesia — as you can see, these lectures are fairly technical. Not Hasan’s. His was an hour-long disquisition on what he called the Koranic view of military service, jihad and war. It included an allegedly authoritative elaboration of the punishments visited upon nonbelievers — consignment to hell, decapitation, having hot oil poured down your throat. This ‘really freaked a lot of doctors out,’ reported NPR.”

Thanks, Dr. Krauthammer.