In a letter published in the February issue of ARCHIVES, Altschuler
et al1 apply the DSM
to the biblical hero Samson and suggest that he may have carried the diagnosis
of ASPD. Such mechanical use of the DSM, in my opinion,
both fails to enhance understanding of the person so diagnosed (and may, in
fact, unnecessarily stigmatize him) and trivializes the profession.
Kutz I. Samson, the Bible, and the DSM. Arch Gen Psychiatry. 2002;59(6):565. doi:
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