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Psychedelic Drugs Reconsidered

Psychedelic Drugs Reconsidered

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Psychedelic Drugs Reconsidered

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LESTER GRINSPOON, M.D., is a psychoanalyst
on the staff of the Massachusetts Mental Health Center and Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

JAMES B. BAKALAR is a member of the Massachusetts Bar and a Lecturer in Law in the Department of Psychiatry at the Harvard Medical School.

This publication was supported in part by NIH Grant LM 03118 from the National Library of Medicine

Copyright © 1979 by Lester Grinspoon and James B. Bakalar
Printed in the United States of America
Psychedelic Drugs Reconsidered

By

LESTER GRINSPOON, M.D., is a psychoanalyst
on the staff of the Massachusetts Mental Health Center and Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

JAMES B. BAKALAR is a member of the Massachusetts Bar and a Lecturer in Law in the Department of Psychiatry at the Harvard Medical School.

This publication was supported in part by NIH Grant LM 03118 from the National Library of Medicine

Copyright © 1979 by Lester Grinspoon and James B. Bakalar
Printed in the United States of America

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Lester Grinspoon
James B. Bakalar
 
ADVANCE ACCLAIM FOR
"A broad spectrum antibiotic for Western society'stimidity about psychedelic drugs. An exceptionallywell-balanced scientific discussion of every aspect—from mysticism to pharmacology to social implications. ... It is a courageous book which simultaneously succeeds both for popular and for scientificaudiences."
—CARL SAGAN
"I don't recall ever seeing a single book treat in soscholarly yet lucid a fashion all the historical, social,and scientific aspects of drugs with accuracy, balance, and thoughtful reflection. Regardless of whether one agrees with the authors about theirrecommendations for social and legal policy, theirthoughtful treatment of the subject more than justifies their right to recommend changes in publicpolicies."
—SOLOMON H. SNYDER, M.D.
Distinguished Service Professorof Psychiatry and Pharmacology,Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
BASIC BOOKS, INC., PUBLISHERS NEW YORK
 
$15,95
James B. Bakalar
This useful and fascinating book by two of the world's leading experts on drug use andabuse is the first to provide the general readerwith a comprehensive and authoritative survey of what is known about the nature andthe quality of all known psychedelic substances. Oddly, say the authors, althoughpsychedelics have been used for thousands•f years, both medically and religiously, andhave been the subject of more than twentyyears of clinical and experimental investigation, astonishingly little attention has beenpaid to the real scientific and intellectualissues raised by these complex and interesting substances.It is these issues that are addressed by theauthors—whose previous work, most notably
Cocaine
(Basic Books, 1976), has established
them as rare voices of sanity on the vexedquestions of what constitutes abuse of andwhat the possible proper use of drugs. Inclear and sprightly prose Grinspoon andBakalar reviewthe chemistry of psychedelics, their psychoneurological effects, and thehistory of man's experience with them frompreindustrial times down to the present.Finally and most originally, the authors callon the actual testimony of those who haveused psychedelics to assess the potential andthe possible enormous value of these drugs,properly controlled, for the study of human
consciousness.
(continued on back flap)
Lester Grinspoon
0979
(continued from front flap)
Thus, in a lively, enlightening, yet thoroughly responsible way Grinspoon and Bakalarsucceed in bringing real information andbalanced understanding to a field where formany years only passions and polemics haveheld sway.
L
ESTER
GRINSPOON,
M.D.,
is a psychoanalyston the staff of the Massachusetts MentalHealth Center and Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Heis the author of, among other works,
Mari-
huana Reconsidered 
(1971) and (with J. R.
Ewalt and R. I. Shader) of 
Schizophrenia:
Pharmacotherapy and Psychotherapy
(1972).
His most recent book, also written with James
B. Bakalar, is
Cocaine: A Drug and Its Social Evolution
(Basic Books, 1976).
J
AMES
B.
B
AKALAR
is a member of the Massachusetts Bar and a Lecturer in Law in theDepartment of Psychiatry at the HarvardMedical School. He is co-author, with LesterGrinspoon, of the second edition of 
Mari-
huana Reconsidered 
(1977) and
Cocaine: A
 Drug and Its Social Evolution
(Basic Books,
1976).
JACKET DESIGN BY WILLIAM DAVIS
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