If you want to know why families of research subjects who have been injured or mistreated in psychiatric studies will never trust the University of Minnesota, you don't need to look much further than this statement by Brooks Jackson, the VP for Health Sciences, on last night's edition of Almanac: "Dr. Schulz is an excellent clinician. He has saved hundreds if not thousands of lives."
It is not enough for Jackson to dodge questions and evade any admission of wrongdoing. Heaping this kind of effusive praise on the man most responsible for the "culture of fear" and "intimidation" in the Department of Psychiatry is an intentional poke in the eye of anyone who might speak up on behalf of vulnerable patients.
Fortunately, Leigh Turner. a professor in the Center for Bioethics, was also on Almanac. His response to Jackson: "I'm astonished to hear those remarks. Frankly, I'm surprised that Dr. Schulz still has a medical license."
You can watch the entire program at this link.