michael first

Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, Columbia University


BIID: Not just for amputee-wannabees


I first became aware of voluntary amputation in 1998, when I got a telephone call from a producer at the BBC. He told me was making a programme about two people who each wanted to have a leg removed, even though there was nothing wrong with the limb. The producer wanted to know how the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual…


BIID: Not just for amputee-wannabees


I first became aware of voluntary amputation in 1998, when I got a telephone call from a producer at the BBC. He told me was making a programme about two people who each wanted to have a leg removed, even though there was nothing wrong with the limb. The producer wanted to know how the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual…