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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:

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.