Friday, June 13, 2014
A lot of people today, including those in the relevant therapeutic disciplines and fields of medical practice, who know what Johns Hopkins Medical School psychiatrist Paul McHugh knows and believe what he believes lack the courage to say out loud what he says today in the Wall Street Journal. Dr. McHugh is a man who never shrinks from speaking truth as he knows it to political and cultural power. Having served with him for several years on the President's Council on Bioethics I know him to be a person of impeccable integrity and self-possession as well as exceptional achievement. I'm not in the least surprised to find him exemplifying the kind of bravery on display here. He is fully aware, of course, that he will be defamed and vilified in an effort to bully him into silence and make an example of him. That's how things work these days, alas. But nothing like that will deter him. He is, to borrow a line from Dr. King's "I've Been to the Mountaintop" speech, "not fearing any man."