Letters - Nixon's pills

Johann Hari's description of Richard Nixon as "literally a lunatic" ("Books, lies and videotapes", 15 July) stigmatises those who experience mental illness. Whether or not Nixon took Dilantin (an anti-epileptic, not an antidepressant drug) is of little relevance to his presidency or his legacy. Hari's comments suggest that there has been little progress since Senator Thomas Eagleton, the Democratic vice-presidential nominee, was forced to withdraw from the 1972 race because of his history of psychiatric illness.

Dr Lenny Cornwall
Middlesbrough, Cleveland

This article first appeared in the 22 July 2002 issue of the New Statesman, The Best of Young British