The Progressive Commentary Hour – 09.20.22

Dr. Andrew Scull PhD

Prof. Andrew Scull is the Distinguished Professor of Sociology Emeritus at the University of California at San Diego, who is widely regarded as one of the world’s most preeminent historians on mental disease and the practice of psychiatry. Prof. Scull holds degrees from Oxford, an MA and PhD in sociology from Princeton and completed post doctoral work in medical history from University College London. He has received many honors, has been listed in Who’s Who in America, and sits on the editorial board of several academic journals such as “History of Psychiatry,” and “Medical History”.  Andrew has appeared in PBS documentaries Mysteries of Mental Illness and The Lobotomist and written over twenty books. His book “Madness in Civilization” is regarded as a classic on the history of mental disorders. His most recent book “Desperate Remedies: Psychiatry’s Turbulent Quest to Cure Mental Illness” chronicles psychiatry’s American history of bad science, false promises, power and greed and a blatant disregard for patients’ well being.