Prof. Wagstaff wrote:Interesting that you set "competent" as a benchmark and then proceed to describe scenarios whereby people hack off their own limbs, either for pleasure or to eat. Do those actions sound like something a "competent" person would do or would you interpret them (as any medical professional would) as indicators of mental disease?
By competent I meant the proverbial "Able to go outdoors without a keeper." That is they can cook a meal, go to school, hold a job drive a car, manage a bank account and generally live a life that is within the broad range of normal.
As opposed to someone who cannot carry out normal daily life activities without assistance.
I would agree that most of us would say that they are batcrap crazy. But that is a cultural, not a medical, diagnosis. I see stuff every day that I think is crazy. I am sure you do as well.
Most everyone in the world is nuts to some degree except you and me. And I'm not so certain about you.
Might that be an indicator of a mental disease? Perhaps.
That is a pretty big indicator, though and prone to all sorts of misuse. There are people going around saying in all seriousness that people who don't accept global warming are mentally ill and should be rounded up and somehow "treated". Ex VP Al Gore was one who comes to mind.
It doesn't change the question, which nobody has answered:
Should men have the absolute right to do what they want with their bodies? Including excision of lumps of tissue for no medical reason other than they want to.