Paul R. McHugh, M.D.
Paul R. McHugh, M.D., is presently University Distinguished Service Professor of Psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. From 1975-2001, he was the director of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and psychiatrist-in-chief at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. He is the author or co-author of five books and has published more than 200 articles in scientific journals and many essays on psychiatry in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, American Scholar, Chronicle of Higher Education, and Commentary. In October 2008 Dr. McHugh received the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine’s prestigious Sarnat International Prize in Mental Health for his achievements.
Updating the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders
How the foremost clinical manual for psychiatric disorders guides doctors to diagnoses has long been controversial. Now, during the early stages of the manual’s revision, complementary articles—one by four scientists involved in the process, the other by a psychiatrist looking in from the outside—address how to make psychiatric diagnosis both more certain and more flexible.
Seeking Free Will in Our Brains: A Debate
Two senior scientists, a neurologist and a psychiatrist, debate the meaning of free will and whether brain science can, now or ever, fully explain it.
Shall We Enhance? A Debate
A leading bioethicist squares off with a member of the President’s Council on Bioethics on the controversy about pursuing better brains with a little help from biotechnology.