April 2015

PSYCHOPATHY-Part 4: The Rules of the Game

A friendship died swiftly over dinner some 20 years ago, when I expressed the opinion to an octogenarian medical doctor that I was not against the death penalty.  This was a man of intelligence, dignity, warmth, and gentle-disposition, whose best traits turned sour in the face of disagreement on certain topics such as this one.  Another was the possession of firearms.  When he had made a derogatory comment about the National Rifle Association at a psychiatric hospital staff meeting, he came to discover that more than a few of the doctors there were members and were quick to say so.  This re