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Letters to the Editor
February 2001

Did Samson Have Antisocial Personality Disorder?

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 2001;58(2):202-203. doi:

Besides intrinsic, historical, and literary interest, and pedagogical utility, the study of the history of a disease can provide clues to its pathogenesis. It is necessary, but not sufficient, that the cause of disease be at least as old as the disease itself. We note a possible case of antisocial personality disorder (ASPD) nearly 3000 years ago: the biblical figure Samson (Judges,1 chapters 13-16), son of Manoah.

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