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Dr. E. Fuller Torrey Unethical?
The January 10 New York Times quoted psychiatrist Torrey with regard to accused Arizona mass murderer Loughner: “I’d say the chances are 99 percent that he has schizophrenia.” (Red Flags at a College, but Tied Hands)
According to Section 7.3 of the Ethics Code of The American Psychiatric Association, "On occasion psychiatrists are asked for an opinion about an individual who is in the light of public attention or who has disclosed information about himself/herself through public media. In such circumstances, a psychiatrist may share with the public his or her expertise about psychiatric issues in general. However, it is unethical for a psychiatrist to offer a professional opinion unless he or she has conducted an examination and has been granted proper authorization for such a statement."
Are we to believe that Dr. Torrey conducted an examination and obtained authorization? Was he acting ethically when he made the statement (assuming that's what he actually said)?