By Dr. Jeffrey Lieberman

March 29, 2017

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Hardly a week goes by when a journalist doesn't call, asking me to comment

on President Trump's mental health. I have consistently resisted, invoking

the Goldwater rule - the informal name given to Section 7.3 of the American

Psychiatric Association's code of ethics, which states that it's unethical

for psychiatrists to make public statements about a public figure they have

not evaluated.

During the 1964 presidential campaign, the now-defunct Fact magazine

published an article, "The Unconscious of a Conservative: A Special Issue on

the Mind of Barry Goldwater," which polled psychiatrists about whether the

Republican candidate was fit for the presidency.