For the second time in a year, a noted physician has come out publicly equating Donald Trump’s behavior to late stage or neurosyphilis.
If you remember last February, infectious disease physician, Dr. Steven Beutler wrote a piece in the New Republic speculating that neurosyphilis may be the cause of Trump’s “bizarre, volatile behavior”.
Now on Saturday, a prominent physician and bacteriologist from Sweden tweeted something to the same effect. Dr Agnes Wold tweeted in response to a Trump tweet referencing himself as a “stable genius”- “Wow! Can we make a guess at late-stage syphilis?” (Translated).
Dr Wold later noted she was just joking.
Should an infectious disease physician be writing, tweeting or joking about this? Is that the responsible thing?
Just a couple of questions.
In 2016, Dr. Art Caplan from the NYU Langone Medical Center’s Division of Medical Ethics offered his thoughts concerning the ethics of writing a speculative article or commenting on TV and radio and diagnosing from a distance on Medscape.
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