SPEARHEADING SOCIAL REFORM
Dr. Fred Baughman, a California pediatric neurologist for 35 years, bluntly summarized the situation in a letter to the New York Times on April 14, 1995: The educational and medical establishments are engaged in a quid pro quo relationship to perpetuate illusions of diseases that reduce the schools obligations to prepare children for adult life. Meanwhile, for-profit medicine and its business partners gain thousands of young patients.
The invention of diseases satisfied medical-economic needs. Additional income for growing numbers of psychologists and psychiatrists is generated....ADD was invented, in committee, at the American Psychiatric Association in 1980.... There is nothing a physician can see to confirm or refute it . . .
Fraudulent diagnosis which annually also involves millions of adults is only one of the many psychiatric abuses CCHR has effectively exposed. While much has yet to be accomplished, the deadly social, financial and personal effects of this psychiatric creation of a cash cow will one day become a sordid chapter of the past.
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