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Letters to the Editor
June 2002

Samson, the Bible, and the DSM

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Copyright 2002 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2002

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 2002;59(6):565. doi:

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We appreciate the interest in our short letter.1 Further discussion here shows (1) with more examples that Samson overwhelmingly meets the criteria for ASPD, (2) the utility of the DSM in clear cases, and (3) that the writer of the Samson story, most likely Ahimaaz the Yahwist son of Zadok the Priest, had a remarkable grasp of psychiatric disease as he knew all the criteria for ASPD (see below) and what diseases to exclude.

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