Sally Satel

Sally L. Satel[1] (born January 9, 1956)[2] is an American psychiatrist based in Washington, D.C. She is a lecturer at Yale University School of Medicine, the W.H. Brady Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and author.

Sally L. Satel
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BornJanuary 9, 1956
Alma materCornell University;
University of Chicago;
Brown University

Satel has written: P.C. M.D.: How Political Correctness is Corrupting Medicine (2001) and Drug Treatment: The Case for Coercion (1999). Her articles have been published in The New Republic, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and in scholarly publications like Policy Review on topics including psychiatry and addiction.


She received a kidney on March 4, 2006, from writer Virginia Postrel, after being diagnosed in 2004 with chronic kidney failure. She wrote a New York Times article chronicling her experience of searching for an organ donor.[3]


Satel earned a bachelor's degree from Cornell University, a master's degree from the University of Chicago and an MD degree from Brown University. She completed her residency in psychiatry at Yale University between 1988 and 1993. In 1993 and 1994, she was a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow with the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions.

Satel also served on the advisory committee of the Center for Mental Health Services of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.


In her book P.C. M.D., Satel critiques what she sees as the burgeoning phenomenon of 'politically correct' (PC) medicine, which seeks to address what its proponents view as social oppression by reorganizing the distribution of public health resources. She argues that incorporating social justice into the mission of medicine diverts attention and resources from the effort to prevent and combat disease for everyone. Satel considers the idea of social determination of illness as "one of the most pernicious themes in PC medicine," and sees 'psychiatric survivor' information centers as promoting the work of anti-psychiatry groups. She is considered a political conservative.

In a June 2004 meeting of the National Advisory Council for the Center for Mental Health Services, Satel called for a vast increase in the amount of forced outpatient medical treatment of psychiatric patients, echoing views earlier stated in her Drug Treatment, The Case for Coercion.

Satel supports legally recognizing same-sex marriages.[4]

Selected worksEdit

  • 1999 – Drug Treatment: The Case for Coercion. American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research. [77 p.] ISBN 0-8447-7128-7.
  • 2001 – P.C. M.D.: How Political Correctness is Corrupting Medicine. Perseus. ISBN 0-465-07183-X.
  • 2005 – One Nation Under Therapy: How the Helping Culture is Eroding Self-Reliance (with Christina Hoff Sommers). St. Martin's Press. ISBN 0-312-30443-9.
  • 2006 – The Health Disparities Myth: Diagnosing the Treatment Gap. AEI Press. [92 p.] ISBN 0-8447-7192-9.
  • 2013 – Brainwashed: The Seductive Appeal of Mindless Neuroscience (with Scott O. Lilienfeld). Basic Books. ISBN 978-0-465-01877-2.

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