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Paul McHugh

Paul McHugh

Paul McHugh was psychiatrist in chief of the Johns Hopkins Hospital from 1975 to 2001. His book The Mind Has Mountains (2009) contains several essays first published in Commentary.

The Harvard Psychedelic Club: How Timothy Leary, Ram Dass, Huston Smith, and Andrew Weil Killed the Fifties and Ushered in a New Age...

In 1973, the journalist Flora Rhea Schreiber collaborated with Cornelia Wilbur, a Manhattan psychiatrist, in writing Sybil, the story of a young woman...

During the tumultuous final weeks in the life of Terri Schiavo, the young woman who died in a Florida hospice in April, press reports in...

Of all the medical disciplines, psychiatry is the most closely tied to cultural attitudes. So it is hardly surprising that, along with our culture itself,...

“The desire to take medicine,” noted the great Johns Hopkins physician William Osier a hundred years ago, “is one feature that distinguishes man, the animal,...

Two factors determine how people die: the diseases they have, and who they are. In any given case, these two factors vary in salience. With...