Mental illness is not funny

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 30 January, 1996, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 30 January, 1996, 12:00am

I WRITE concerning your story 'Don roots out 'mindbenders' ' (South China Morning Post, January 25) on Dr Huang Si-ming, who alleges that the US implanted a mind-control device in his teeth.

Paranoid delusions are a painful, debilitating affliction. Patients need to be treated and protected, not held up to public ridicule. (If one needs proof Mr Huang is delusional, consider this: if he were fully rational it would be a simple matter for him to have the 'controlling' teeth extracted.) Mental illness is a disease and should not be used to sell papers. If Dr Huang had a twisted back, or a skin disease, would you have put a photo of that on your front page? ROGER RENSVOLD New Territories