Our expert says:
A self-serving plea mainly from people who make a good living by selling psychoanalysis and research on it in one way or another. Which means neither that they are right or wrong. This readsrather like the NRA, the American National Rifle Association commenting on the school shootings, when they declared that the problem was that there are not ENOUGH guns in schools, and more armed guards should be added !
ANd as they admit, those who signed the letter have benefitted from millions of dollars in funding for research, and would agreee that there is a need for much more such research.
I notice that while they refer to studies of effectiveness ( and they're right that a double-blind trial would not be possible ), they don't seem to refer to COST-effectiveness, which is profoundly relevant.
Anyhow, I haven't read the original article by Bunge which they're defending against ( my budget doesn't run to these journals ) I see some former colleagues amongst the signatories, so I'd like to read the original and this reply with more care, if I had the time and access.
Simply to have assembled so many senior sinatories within a short time was an impressive achievement !
The debate seems more than academic within SA, where its not always practical to find Panado on the shelf of a government hospital, doesn't it ?
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