Book ID: CBB395542713

American Trip: Set, Setting, and the Psychedelic Experience in the Twentieth Century (2020)


Hartogsohn, Ido (Author)

The MIT Press

Publication Date: 2020
Physical Details: 417
Language: English

How historical, social, and cultural forces shaped the psychedelic experience in midcentury America, from CIA experiments with LSD to Timothy Leary's Harvard Psilocybin Project.Are psychedelics invaluable therapeutic medicines, or dangerously unpredictable drugs that precipitate psychosis? Tools for spiritual communion or cognitive enhancers that spark innovation? Activators for one's private muse or part of a political movement? In the 1950s and 1960s, researchers studied psychedelics in all these incarnations, often arriving at contradictory results. In American Trip, Ido Hartogsohn examines how the psychedelic experience in midcentury America was shaped by historical, social, and cultural forces--by set (the mindset of the user) and setting (the environments in which the experience takes place).

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Review Alex Mold (2022) Review of "American Trip: Set, Setting, and the Psychedelic Experience in the Twentieth Century". Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences (pp. 213-214). unapi

Review Andrew Jones (2021) Review of "American Trip: Set, Setting, and the Psychedelic Experience in the Twentieth Century". British Journal for the History of Science (pp. 109-111). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Dyck, Erika
Farrell, Patrick
Oram, Matthew
Campbell, Nancy D.
Bisbee, Paul
Larsen, Jens Knud
History of Psychiatry
The Chemical Educator
Social Studies of Science
Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences
Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences
History of the Human Sciences
University of Minnesota Press
University of Massachusetts Press
University of Manitoba Press
MIT Press
McGill-Queen's University Press
Johns Hopkins University Press
LSD (drug)
Psychotropic drugs
Therapeutic practice; therapy; treatment
Drug use
Osmond, Humphry Fortescue
Huxley, Aldous
Leary, Timothy
Woolley, Dilworth Wayne
Fischer, Emil Hermann
Moss, Thelma
Time Periods
20th century, late
20th century
21st century
20th century, early
United States
Saskatchewan (Canada)
New Mexico (U.S.)
Saskatchewan Hospital
United States. Federal Bureau of Narcotics
National Institute of Mental Health (U.S.)
United States. Army
Purdue University (Lafayette, Indiana)

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