The Mind Has Mountains: Reflections on Society and Psychiatry

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From strenuous opposition to physician-assisted suicide to a conviction that sex-correction surgery for newborns is cruel and misguided, Dr. Paul R. McHugh's opinions are strong and often controversial. In this collection of essays, McHugh demonstrates why he is one of the most thought-provoking figures in the academic world.

These pieces argue for a realistic appraisal of just what psychiatrists know and how they know it, with the aim of indicating how such knowledge can best ...

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Overview

From strenuous opposition to physician-assisted suicide to a conviction that sex-correction surgery for newborns is cruel and misguided, Dr. Paul R. McHugh's opinions are strong and often controversial. In this collection of essays, McHugh demonstrates why he is one of the most thought-provoking figures in the academic world.

These pieces argue for a realistic appraisal of just what psychiatrists know and how they know it, with the aim of indicating how such knowledge can best be used not only for better patient care but also to reflect on and influence public issues and social movements. His essays will stimulate professional and popular discussion about the goals and effectiveness of current psychiatric practice.

McHugh sorts through the layers of what he terms the "culturally driven misdirection of psychiatry and psychotherapy" to explain concepts often misunderstood by nonscholars and the intellectual community alike. America's leading psychiatrist may inspire you or offend you, but he will certainly make you think.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Editorial Reviews

Baltimore Magazine - John Lewis

McHugh writes clearly in a straightforward manner that laymen will find gratifying... thought provoking and entertaining.

Metapsychology - Mark Welch

Paul McHugh... enjoys a little bit of controversy. He likes to poke and prod at some of the shibboleths... of psychiatry... You may not agree, but he should make you think.

PsycCRITIQUES - Richard W. Hudgens

This is a refreshing book... both in its moral stance and in the solid common sense of its philosophy.

Commentary - Kay S. Hymowitz

McHugh writes with a wit and elegance almost extinct in his professional neighborhood.

New England Journal of Medicine - Eric J. Cassell

Well-written, sometimes elegant.

Psychiatric Services - Mary E. Barber

A well-written and thought-provoking volume of essays that gives mental health professionals and interested lay readers one view into topics that have been prominent at the interface between psychiatry and society for the past two decades.

Wall Street Journal
Wise words from a wise man.

— Naomi Schaefer Riley

PsycCRITIQUES
This is a refreshing book... both in its moral stance and in the solid common sense of its philosophy.

— Richard W. Hudgens

Commentary
McHugh writes with a wit and elegance almost extinct in his professional neighborhood.

— Kay S. Hymowitz

Baltimore Magazine
McHugh writes clearly in a straightforward manner that laymen will find gratifying... thought provoking and entertaining.

— John Lewis

Hopkins Medicine

Elegantly clear, concise, jargon-free.

Metapsychology
Paul McHugh... enjoys a little bit of controversy. He likes to poke and prod at some of the shibboleths... of psychiatry... You may not agree, but he should make you think.

— Mark Welch, Ph.D.

Psychiatric Services
A well-written and thought-provoking volume of essays that gives mental health professionals and interested lay readers one view into topics that have been prominent at the interface between psychiatry and society for the past two decades.

— Mary E. Barber

Sunrise: Theosophic Perspectives

[McHugh] examines with wit, common sense, and humanity several trends in modern psychiatry.

New England Journal of Medicine
Well-written, sometimes elegant.

— Eric J. Cassell, M.D.

Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease

It is impossible to read these essays and not feel challenged to position onself on the issue under discussion.

Sunrise: Theosophic Perspectives
[McHugh] examines with wit, common sense, and humanity several trends in modern psychiatry.
Wall Street Journal - Naomi Schaefer Riley

Wise words from a wise man.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801882494
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 12/15/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.96 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul R. McHugh, M.D., is the Henry Phipps Professor of Psychiatry Emeritus, the former director of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and the coauthor of The Perspectives of Psychiatry, also available from Johns Hopkins. He was selected by President George W. Bush to sit on the Presidential Council on Bioethics and by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to be on their National Review Board for the elimination of the sexual abuse of children by clergy.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Table of Contents

Pt. I The beginning 1
Pt. II The physician-assisted-suicide debacle 69
Pt. III A woeful misdirection of a tradition 117
Pt. IV Pathfinders and pathways 145
Pt. V Vistas and views 197
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