Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Appreciation …

…. The Healer: Paul McHugh at 90 | George Weigel | First Things. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

Who is Paul McHugh? The late, great Tom Wolfe, author of The Right StuffThe Bonfire of the VanitiesRadical Chic and Mau-Mauing the Flak-Catchers, and many other fictional and non-fictional gems of American cultural analysis, had this to say about him:

Paul McHugh of Johns Hopkins is the man who rescued modern psychiatry from a coven of flaming nut cases with medical degrees who actually believed in such lunatic notions as “recovered memory,” “sexual reassignment,” “multiple personality disorder,” “physician-assisted suicide,” “Vietnam-specific post-traumatic stress syndrome,” and destroyed innumerable lives as long as they held sway.

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