The Academic Integrity Fund

At the Royal Free Hospital, London, in 1996 my gastroenterology colleagues and
I were reliably informed by our attending child psychiatrist, that acts of extreme
violence, such as the tragedy of Sandy Hook Elementary School, were perpetrated
more commonly by those with Asperger’s syndrome (AS). Like so much that child
psychiatry has had to offer – then and since – this assertion is misleading.

In support of his statement, the Royal Free’s child psychiatrist, Dr. Berelowitz, cited
the example of Martin Bryant who had recently been imprisoned for committing
35 murders and causing 37 serious injuries in Tasmania in April 1996, in what
became known as the Port Arthur Massacre. Bryant, according to Dr. Berelowitz
and later, Wikipedia, had AS. Both sources turn out to be incorrect: the report of
Paul E. Mullen, Professor of Forensic Psychiatry at Monash University, Melbourne,
Australia, who examined Bryant in prison in May 1996…

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