"This is the absorbing, never-before-told story of how a cult of Freudian psychiatrists, believers in such dingbat doctrines as "multiple personality disorder," "disassociative identity disorder," "recovered memory," and "post-traumatic stress syndrome," went on a witch-hunting rampage across America that dwarfs the Salem and medieval European witch hunts of yore, prodding patients, most of them young women, into fantasies of childhood sexual abuse that sent their parents off to prison for stretches as long as 20 years---before a small band of scientists risked their reputations and livelihoods to expose the cult for what it was: a wacky pack-a quacks."
"America's premier pioneering biological psychiatrist Paul McHugh blows the whistle on sloppy and trendy thinking in psychiatry… A must read."
—Michael S. Gazzaniga, Ph.D., author of Human: The Science Behind What Makes Us Unique
“Try to Remember is a riveting account of his battle against the repressed memory movement. It is also a passionate plea for psychiatry as a humane science, grounded in evidence, and focused on helping people in the here and now."
—Michael J. Sandel, author of The Case against Perfection: Ethics in the Age of Genetic Engineering
“Of all the mad ideas that have swept through the practice of psychiatry since Freud first undertook to map the unconscious, probably none has resulted in more cruelty to patients and their loved ones than those that led to the Recovered Memory Movement and its adjunct disease, Multiple Personality Disorder…. Paul McHugh is a healer.”
—Midge Decter, author of An Old Wife’s Tale