Posted on Wednesday 30 June 2010

a fella’ just has to speak out:

When my letter was forwarded to Dr. Carlat by Dr. Adriane Fugh-Berman of PharmedOut and he asked if he could publish it, I had a surge of anxiety [fear]. Was I too brash? Did I have the right to criticize? Had the talks I’d been to by Dr. Nemeroff been enough to justify making a wise crack? After all, I left the full-time faculty before Dr. Nameroff came. I’m an anayst and psychotherapist. Aren’t people like me often hostile to the biologists? Am I worthy to criticize?

But after I thought about it for a bit, that’s exactly the problem. There are plenty of people who feel what I feel who have not spoken out for years – both here in Atlanta and across the country. I’m not hostile to biologists. Biological advances in Psychiatry have been remarkable in the second half of the 20th century. I’m not just an analyst and psychotherapist, I’m a fully trained Psychiatrist who has spent lots of time time training other Psychiatrists. So why would I be afraid to say candidly in public what I would immediately volunteer in private?

To be honest, I’m not the person who ought to be asking myself those questions. They’re the kind of questions the people who have given Dr. Nemeroff so many passes in the past should be thinking about. It doesn’t take very long to figure out that there’s more going on than meets the eye with Charles Nemeroff. So Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the N.I.H., Dr. Thomas Insel, Director of the N.I.M.H., Dr. Pascal Goldschmidt, Dean of the University of Miami, and the Administration at Emory are the ones who should be questioning their complicity in the face of Dr. Nemeroff’s repeated blurring of science and the pharmaceutical industry’s marketing goals. It’s not like it’s a secret. Ask Google.

So I said, go ahead and post it. It’s what I really think…

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