For all of you parents who’ve been reading A.A. Milne to your kids, here’s a new take on the books’ characters. This paper was published a few years ago in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, by a group of five developmental pediatricians, but I’ve just now stumbled upon it. Here’s how it begins:
On the surface it is an innocent world: Christopher Robin, living in a beautiful forest surrounded by his loyal animal friends. Generations of readers of A.A. Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh stories have enjoyed these seemingly benign tales. However, perspectives change with time, and it is clear to our group of modern neurodevelopmentalists that these are in fact stories of Seriously Troubled Individuals, many of whom meet DSM-IV criteria for significant disorders. We have done an exhaustive review of the works of A.A. Milne and offer our conclusions about the inhabitants of the Hundred Acre Wood in hopes that our observations will help the medical community understand that there is a Dark Underside to this world.
H/T: Baseball Crank.