Andrew T. Scull (born 1947) is a British-born sociologist whose research is centered on the social history of medicine and particularly psychiatry. He is a Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Science Studies at University of California, San Diego and recipient of the Roy Porter Medal for lifetime contributions to the history of medicine. His books include Madhouse: A Tragic Tale of Megalomania and Modern Medicine and Madness in Civilization: A Cultural History of Insanity.
Scull was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, the son of Allan Edward Scull, a civil engineer and Marjorie née Corrigan, a college teacher. He received his BA with first class honors from Balliol College, Oxford. He then studied at Princeton University, receiving his MA in Sociology in 1971 and his Ph.D. in 1974. He was a postdoc at University College London in 1976-77.
Books in order of publication:
Decarceration: Community Treatment and the Deviant – A Radical View – 1977
Museums of Madness: The Social Organization of Insanity in 19th Century England – 1979
Madhouse: A Tragic Tale of Megalomania and Modern Medicine – 2005
Hysteria: The Biography – 2009
Madness in Civilization: A Cultural History of Insanity (Princeton University Press, 2015
Desperate Remedies: Psychiatry’s Turbulent Quest to Cure Mental Illness – 2022