Saturday, October 9, 2010
Late last night several of us were in the little office in the ER while we waited for the OR to get ready for the second of the emergent cases of the night. One of the ER docs was there watching the news that was showing some of the Presidents speeches of the day. The ER doc went on a kept muttering, "Magical Thinking". I asked what he meant by that and he said, "he says things like he thinks that just by saying them they will come true, you know like jobs, economy, the whole bit. Just look at him, he is about to have a major psychotic break!" Before I could ask further, we had to go to the OR but I couldnt help but wonder. If the president does have a psychotic break, who makes the call? I mean, is there someone whose job is to keep track of the sanity of the commander in chief and Baker Act him if he goes supratentorially dysfunctional? If he does get Baker acted, is there some plan set up to have a competency hearing? Who is part of that hearing? For that matter, does a presidental canidate ever have to pass a psychological evaluation?