Brain Doctor Claims POTUS May Have 'Degenerative Brain Disorder'

Many moons ago, the so-called ‘Goldwater Rule’ became common knowledge amongst mental health professionals. In short, there were some unsightly instances in which those in the field offered up unsolicited diagnoses of politicians from afar. As any medical professional with an ounce of ethics is well aware, offering up an opinion about a person without having personally examined them - or at least looking through something resembling a patient’s current health records - is nothing more than speculation that should never ever be presented as fact.

Unfortunately, a number of doctors failed to subscribe to that tenet. Hence, the Goldwater rule became necessary, and it was even added to the American Psychiatric Association’s Principles of Medical Ethics for easy reference. It’s been there every year since 1973, and it remains common knowledge within the medical and political communities. That being the case, it’s nothing short of head-scratching as to why so many mental health professionals have felt the need to pontificate about the state of President Donald Trump’s mental health.

We could understand if there was a lone wolf that was somehow oblivious to this well-publicized rule that went ahead and made a spectacle of himself, but there has been more than one. As in many more. We have yet another one to add to the list, and his name is Dr. Ford Vox. Stunningly, Vox didn’t make this faux pas during an interview in which someone asked him for his opinion. Rather, he penned a piece for the medical news site STAT to let the whole world know that he was diagnosing the President of the United States from afar.

As AOL shares, Vox pontificated his way through a piece that was chock full of medical jargon, but the bottom line takeaway is that he’s suggesting the commander-in-chief has a ‘degenerative brain disorder.’

"I see worrisome symptoms that fall into three main categories: problems with language and executive function; problems with social cognition and behavior; and problems with memory, attention, and concentration. None of these are symptoms of being a bad or mean person,” he wrote. “Nor do they require spelunking into the depths of his psyche to understand. Instead, they raise concern for a neurocognitive disease process in the same sense that wheezing raises the alarm for asthma."

To be clear, this is not just some random Jack or Jill offering up an opinion on social media that suggests ‘Trump is crazy,’ but rather a real live medical professional that is completely disregarding an accepted medical principle of ethics for incredibly unclear reasons.

"It’s time to discuss these issues in a clinical context…even if the president has a physical exam early next year and releases the records, as announced by the White House, what he really needs is thorough cognitive testing,” he continued. "It’s entirely possible that the president does not have predementia or is not progressing toward dementia. But he is definitely behaving as such."

Vox’s behavior is a gigantic no-no, but absent someone of prominence in the Trump administration pushing the issue, he’ll get away with it without consequence. Should that really be the case? We’re not going to play judge and jury on that, but we will note that it would be lovely for all medical professionals to place professional ethics above partisan talking points.

Source: AOL
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