Psychiatrist Paul McHugh


November 25, 2006|By Jacques Kelly

Dr. Paul McHugh, psychiatrist in chief at Johns Hopkins Hospital from 1975 to 2001, is teaching and imparting the advice he gathered during his many years in medicine.

These days, he is a University Distinguished Service Professor and remains an active member of the Hopkins community. He teaches across the university, including students in the psychiatry residency program at the medical school.

While making ward rounds, McHugh will lead talks about drug addiction among the patients.

"Occasionally these discussions can be confrontational," he said, adding, "I'm trying to get them out of Dante's hell and into purgatory. I try to get them to embrace their suffering - and it's a terrible suffering - to get them to get free of their addiction."

He said these patients' next challenge is to join in the community and gain support in that process.

McHugh, who lives in Guilford with his wife, Jean, is also busy in other fields. He sits on the President's Council on Bioethics. He also is an active member of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' National Review Board for the protection of children and youth.

He has also had the time to collect some of his writing in a new book, The Mind Has Mountains, Reflections on Society and Psychiatry. A Wall Street Journal review of it concluded with the sentence: "Wise words from a wise man."

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