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Psychedelic Psychiatry: LSD from Clinic to Campus

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LSD's short but colorful history in North America carries with it the distinct cachet of counterculture and government experimentation. The truth about this mind-altering chemical cocktail is far more complex — and less controversial — than generally believed.

Psychedelic Psychiatry is the tale of medical researchers working to understand LSD's therapeutic properties just as escalating anxieties about drug abuse in modern society laid the groundwork for the end of experimentation at the edge of psychopharmacology. Historian Erika Dyck deftly recasts our understanding of LSD to show it as an experimental substance, a medical treatment, and a tool for exploring psychotic perspectives — as well as a recreational drug. She recounts the inside story of the early days of LSD research in small-town, prairie Canada, when Humphry Osmond and Abram Hoffer claimed incredible advances in treating alcoholism, understanding schizophrenia and other psychoses, and achieving empathy with their patients.

In relating the drug's short, strange trip, Dyck explains how concerns about countercultural trends led to the criminalization of LSD and other so-called psychedelic drugs — concordantly opening the way for an explosion in legal prescription pharmaceuticals — and points to the recent re-emergence of sanctioned psychotropic research among psychiatric practitioners. This challenge to the prevailing wisdom behind drug regulation and addiction therapy provides a historical corrective to our perception of LSD's medical efficacy.

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Dyck (history, U. of Saskatchewan) explores the early history of the psychedelic drug LSD. She focuses primarily on the psychiatric experimentation with the drug as a potential therapeutic agent that took place in small cities and towns in Saskatchewan, Canada, as well as some other places, but also discusses how the growing cultural popularity of the drug among Baby Boomers and the "counterculture" inspired moral panic which helped seal the image of LSD as dangerous and led to its criminalization. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN:
9780801889943
Author:
Dyck, Erika
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Subject:
History
Subject:
Lsd (drug)
Subject:
Psychiatry - General
Subject:
Ethics
Subject:
General
Subject:
History, 20th Century
Subject:
LSD (Drug) - Therapeutic use - History
Subject:
Health and Medicine-Medical Specialties
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20080831
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
199
Dimensions:
9.00x6.10x.90 in. .95 lbs.

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