Amy A. F. Lutz: The Rise and Fall of the Dexamethasone Suppression Test: Stability, Consensus, Closure.



Jay Amsterdam’s comment


        I just had the pleasure of re-reading the collated version of your excellent INHN commentary on the DST. I believe that this topic should warrant additional commentary. Moreover, I recently asked a colleague who was also active in psychoneuroendocrine research with the DST, back in the late ‘70s and ‘80s (and who was also a close friend to Barney Carroll), if he would like to comment on your article. Regrettably, however, he demurred, saying that he did not have enough time left in his life to do the subject adequate justice.

        Having now re-read your excellent article, and also re-reading David Healy’s commentary on it, I was thinking that it might be of some interest to the field if you took up the gauntlet on Barney’s behalf and decided to post (on the INHN website) the actual transcripts of the interviews that you conducted with your DST experts (i.e., Baldessarini, Shorter, Feinberg and myself). Of course, you could “lightly” edit out any unwanted expletives.

        I believe that it would be of interest to the field to see what commentary these interview transcripts may generate by Professor Healy and other INHN contributors. It would also represent a uniquely transparent posting to a field (accurately lamented by Professor Healy) as being sorely in need of transparency.

        Anyway, given your recently posted, well-written response to Dr. Healy’s commentary, the posting of the interview transcripts may go to the heart of his concern about your DST history.


November 18, 2021