A Misguided Venture: Presidential Fitness and the Duty to Warn
AbstractA small but vocal cadre of mental health professionals has questioned President Donald Trump’s fitness for office and claimed that his mental state is dangerous.1,2 These experts have frequently cited a “duty to warn” as the ethical basis for their outspokenness.3 The rallying cry of an obligation to protect the public from a dangerous president has inspired a medical conference at Yale,4 an eponymous online movement,5 and a best-selling collection of essays assessing the president’s psychological instability.6
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