* New evidence for Gulf War Syndrome:
Regions of the brain important for thinking and memory may have shrunk in some veterans of the first Gulf War, according to a new study. The decline is at its worst in veterans who report more symptoms of what is commonly called ‘Gulf War syndrome’, the mysterious condition that has afflicted as many as one in seven veterans from the 1990-1991 war.
The sample size, 36 Gulf War veterans, is practically zero in epidemiology terms so take these results with an appropriately sized grain of salt.
“I really wonder whether his failure to distinguish between necessary toughness and catastrophically shoot-ourselves-(America)-in-our-foot pigheadedness results from biological anomaly. His inability to harvest experience, and so to think and form successful judgments, is just so inexplicable.””
Go read, it’s a great blog post. Hilzoy makes a lot of sense while leaning on the oedipal failure complex a bit more than I did. Add her contribution and mine to the rapidly growing field of pathopresidentology.