Update – Someone made me think of when Joseph Lieberman (psychiatrist) said in a deposition that after him there was only God (YES!! that really happened) — so I’m sharing this post because it’s pretty funny, if also horrifying and it’s from 2009 so lots of folks probably weren’t following this stuff back then.
I posted earlier today on Biederman. He promised the pharmaceutical company he worked for (with money he did not declare) while working at Harvard, that he would provide positive results with clinical trials that had not yet been done.
Today at In Vivo blog we see excerpts of his deposition–from In Vivo:
One exchange in particular caused us to do a double take. On page 47, Biederman is quizzed about his professional ranking at Harvard. He notes that his resume is used for academic promotions.
Lawyer: “What does that mean?”
Biederman: “To move in the ranks from one rank, for example, at Harvard, there is instructor, from instructor you move to assistant professor, from assistant professor you move to associate professor, from associate professsor you move to full professor.”
Lawyer: “Full professor?”
Lawyer: “What rank are you?”
Biederman: “Full professor.”
Lawyer: “What’s after that?”
Lawyer: “Did you say God?”
Via Furious Seasons.
I actually linked to a piece this morning that Seroxat Sufferers had that had already covered the piece but didn’t get a good look at what I was doing. Fiddy had it first thing this morning. I’m so tired I just can’t keep track of everything, even when I look at a website! Sorry. I just remembered vaguely a picture of God and thought maybe I should go back and take a look.
Another snippet of the deposition from Soulful Sepulcher:
Q. And do you agree that you are one of the most forceful advocates of the aggressive (psychiatric drug) treatment of preschoolers?
A.(Biederman)It is her statement about me.
Q.I didn’t ask you if it was her statement about you.I’m asking you if you agree that you are one of the most forceful advocates of the aggressive treatment of preschoolers.
A.(Biederman) I am.
You can get the full deposition at any of the above linked sites in PDF format.
And then there is the joke: What is the Difference Between a Psychiatrist and God? The answer? At least God knows he is not a psychiatrist.
Doctors with god complexes. I wish this sort of hubris was only present in Hollywood movies, but sadly it is not.
To underscore that this should be in a movie, not real life we have Alec Baldwin acting similarly here: