Article ID: CBB020213977

A Dangerous Method? Psychedelic Therapy at Modum Bad, Norway, 1961–76 (2020)

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After many years of disregard, the use of psychedelic drugs in psychiatric treatment has re-emerged in recent years. The prospect that psychedelics may again be integrated into mainstream psychiatry has aroused interest in long-forgotten research and experience from the previous phase of psychedelic therapy, which lasted from the late 1940s to the 1970s. This article will discuss one large-scale psychedelic therapy programme at Modum Bad Nervesanatorium, a psychiatric clinic which treated 379 inpatients with psychedelic drugs during the years 1961–76. The psychiatrists there initially regarded the psychedelic treatment as efficacious and without serious negative reactions, but reports of long-term harm have since surfaced. This article discusses how insights from Modum Bad might benefit the new generation of psychedelic treatment efforts.

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Authors & Contributors
David Kennard
Peter Agulnik
Neil Armstrong
Craig Fees
Jonathan Leach
Dyck, Erika
Journals
History of Psychiatry
Medicina Historica
Social History of Medicine
Science in Context
Journal of American Culture
História, Ciências, Saúde---Manguinhos
Publishers
University of Minnesota Press
University of Manitoba Press
The MIT Press
Il Mulino
Harvard University Press
Grand Central Publishing
Concepts
Therapeutic practice; therapy; treatment
Psychiatry
Psychiatric hospitals
Mental disorders and diseases
Psychotropic drugs
Medicine
People
Rosenhan, David
David Millard
Time Periods
20th century, late
20th century
19th century
21st century
Places
United States
Oxford (England)
Devon (England)
Saskatchewan (Canada)
Glasgow (Scotland)
England
Institutions
Saskatchewan Hospital
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