Book ID: CBB791340763

Acid Revival: The Psychedelic Renaissance and the Quest for Medical Legitimacy (2020)

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Giffort, Danielle (Author)


University of Minnesota Press


Publication Date: 2020
Physical Details: 232
Language: English

A vivid analysis of the history and revival of clinical psychedelic science Psychedelic drugs are making a comeback. In the mid-twentieth century, scientists actively studied the potential of drugs like LSD and psilocybin for treating mental health problems. After a decades-long hiatus, researchers are once again testing how effective these drugs are in relieving symptoms for a wide variety of psychiatric conditions, from depression and obsessive–compulsive disorder to posttraumatic stress disorder and substance addiction. In Acid Revival, Danielle Giffort examines how this new generation of researchers and their allies are working to rehabilitate psychedelic drugs and to usher in a new era of psychedelic medicine. As this team of researchers and mental health professionals revive the field of psychedelic science, they are haunted by the past and by one person in particular: psychedelic evangelist Timothy Leary. Drawing on extensive archival research and interviews with people working on scientific psychedelia, Giffort shows how today’s researchers tell stories about Leary as an “impure” scientist and perform his antithesis to address a series of lingering dilemmas that threaten to rupture their budding legitimacy. Acid Revival presents new information about the so-called psychedelic renaissance and highlights the cultural work involved with the reassembly of dormant areas of medical science. This colorful and accessible history of the rise, fall, and reemergence of psychedelic medicine is infused with intriguing narratives and personalities—a story for popular science aficionados as well as for scholars of the history of science and medicine.

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Review Andrew Jones (2022) Review of "Acid Revival: The Psychedelic Renaissance and the Quest for Medical Legitimacy". Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences (pp. 110-112). unapi

Review Kim Hewitt (2021) Review of "Acid Revival: The Psychedelic Renaissance and the Quest for Medical Legitimacy". Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences (pp. 637-638). unapi

Review Kim Hewitt (2021) Review of "Acid Revival: The Psychedelic Renaissance and the Quest for Medical Legitimacy". Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences (pp. 637-638). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Dyck, Erika
Farrell, Patrick
Teresa Ordorika Sacristán
Bisbee, Paul
Hartogsohn, Ido
Ross, Colin A.
Journals
History of Psychiatry
The Chemical Educator
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Social Studies of Science
Social History of Medicine
Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences
Publishers
University of Manitoba Press
Universitätsverlag Winter
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
The MIT Press
McGill-Queen's University Press
Harvard University Press
Concepts
Psychotropic drugs
Psychopharmacology
Psychedelics
Mental disorders and diseases
Psychiatry
LSD (drug)
People
Osmond, Humphry Fortescue
Huxley, Aldous
Leary, Timothy
Hofmann, Albert
Time Periods
20th century, late
20th century
21st century
20th century, early
19th century
Places
United States
Saskatchewan (Canada)
Argentina
Norway
Germany
France
Institutions
Saskatchewan Hospital
National Institute of Mental Health (U.S.)
United States. Army
Purdue University (Lafayette, Indiana)
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