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The Mind Has Mountains: Reflections on Society and Psychiatry (Hardback)
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The Mind Has Mountains: Reflections on Society and Psychiatry (Hardback)

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Hardback 272 Pages / Published: 10/01/2006
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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 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.

Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
ISBN: 9780801882494
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 454 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 24 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Wise words from a wise man. -- Naomi Schaefer Riley * Wall Street Journal *
McHugh writes clearly in a straightforward manner that laymen will find gratifying... thought provoking and entertaining. -- John Lewis * Baltimore Magazine *
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. * Metapsychology *
Elegantly clear, concise, jargon-free. * Hopkins Medicine *
This is a refreshing book... both in its moral stance and in the solid common sense of its philosophy. -- Richard W. Hudgens * PsycCRITIQUES *
McHugh writes with a wit and elegance almost extinct in his professional neighborhood. -- Kay S. Hymowitz * Commentary *
It is impossible to read these essays and not feel challenged to position onself on the issue under discussion. * Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease *
Well-written, sometimes elegant. -- Eric J. Cassell, M.D. * New England Journal of Medicine *
[McHugh] examines with wit, common sense, and humanity several trends in modern psychiatry. * Sunrise: Theosophic Perspectives *
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 * Psychiatric Services *

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