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Questions about Trump's mental health violate 'Goldwater Rule'

Questions about Trump's mental health violate 'Goldwater Rule'

Most of the attacks by mental health experts on Donald Trump’s psychological qualifications to be president have violated the “Goldwater Rule,” the informal name given to section 7.3 of the American Psychiatric Association’s “Principles of Medical Ethics.”It states that it is “unethical for a psychiatrist to offer a professional opinion about an individual based on publicly available information without conducting an examination.”

The rule came about after the publication of an infamous 1964 article in Fact Magazine, in which over 1,100 psychiatrists wrote in to publicly diagnose and assess presidential nominee Barry Goldwater, a solid conservative Republican. One Los...

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