Andrew Scull

Andrew Scull received his BA from Oxford University, and his PhD from Princeton. He taught at the University of Pennsylvania and at Princeton prior to becoming a professor at UCSD. His most recent books are: Undertaker of the Mind; Customers and Patrons of the Mad Trade: The Management of Lunacy in Eighteenth Century London; Madhouse: A Tragic Tale of Megalomania and Modern Medicine; The Insanity of Place/The Place of Insanity; Hysteria: The Disturbing History; Madness: A Very Short Introduction. His articles have appeared in leading journals in a variety of disciplines, including British Journal of Psychiatry, Psychological Review; European Journal of Sociology; Medical History. He has held fellowships from (among others) the Guggenheim Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Davis Center for Historical Studies, and in 1992–’93 was the president of the Society for the Social History of Medicine. He is the author of Madness in Civilization: From the Bible to Freud, and from the Madhouse to Modern Medicine (2016) and his new book, Psychiatry and Its Discontents, will be published by the University of California Press next fall.


Psychiatry’s Legitimacy Crisis

ABOUT 40 YEARS AGO, American psychiatry faced an escalating crisis of legitimacy. All sorts of evidence suggested that, when confronted with ...

Psychiatry’s Legitimacy Crisis