Quote of the week

My colleagues and I often care for patients suffering from hallucinations, prophesying, and claiming to speak with God, among other symptoms—in mental health care, it’s sometimes very difficult to tell apart religious belief from mental illness…. Our conclusions frequently stem from the behaviors we see before us. Take an example of a man who walks into an emergency department, mumbling incoherently. He says he’s hearing voices in his head, but insists there’s nothing wrong with him. He hasn’t used any drugs or alcohol. If he were to be evaluated by mental health professionals, there’s a good chance he might be diagnosed with a psychotic disorder like schizophrenia. But what if that same man were deeply religious? What if his incomprehensible language was speaking in tongues?

Nathaniel P.Morris
Scientific American
26 September 2008

Rejoice, Dr beetroot is no more

I am extatic to read that Manto Tshabalala-Msimang has been moved from her post as Minister of Health and replaced with the excellent Barbara Hogan. Now if only Mbeki did this about 8 years ago. Maybe he could still have had a job. Pity Manto was not “redeployed” as ambassador to Tjikitjikistan….

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