Shulman in Denial, Doctors Say

Newsday, Friday, April 16, 1999


Many courts … agree that a treating psychiatrist cannot be said to have the requisite objectivity, given the subjective nature of treatment, to offer testimony," said Dr. Harold Bursztajn, co-director of Harvard Medical School's Program in Psychiatry and the Law. "Moreover, for a treating psychiatrist to offer such testimony over the now-imprisoned ex-patient's objections is a clear violation of the Hippocratic Oath, the Nuremberg Code regarding duties to captive patients" and several ethics codes.