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madness and medicine lectures - December 6 2007 Psychiatry...

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December 6, 2007: Psychiatry and its discontents. Part two Introducing RD Laing o Lainge and Szasz differed in many ways, historically and politically o What Szasz thought of him o What we should think about him o Anti-establishment thoughts o After FRreud and Jung, comes Lainge- pop-shrink, rebel, yogi, philosopher king? Latest reincarnation of Aesclaepius o Timothy Leary- “turn on, tune in, drop out”- taught psych at Harvard, he was professor at Harvard until b/c leader of psychodelic revolution o Maharishi Mahesh Yohi, with the Beatles, 1967- guru o Lainge dead by 1986, world had moved on o Faded by 80s o Youth pop culture o Tight laced values of parents generation seen as source of problems The larger context: o Vietnam and anti-war movements Could be drafted to serve against will Claimed 58,000 American soldiers lives Anti war “teach ins” An unwinable war, lives sacrificed See rise of student led movements, free speech, universities involved Draft card burning March on the Pentagon 1967 March by the Vietnam Veterans against war in times square 1972 “Alice’s restaurant’ 1965 by Arlo Guthrie see slide “you can get anything you want at Alice’s restaurant” b.c slogan against psychiatry o LSD and the “politics of consciousness” LSD Albert Hofffman, chemist employed yb Snadoz Pharmaceutical Company (Basel, Switzerland) synthesizer of LSD (‘my problem child’) 1938 Originally tested for medical stuff 1943 he absored LSD through his fingertips and experienced colorful hallucinations 1943 he did deliberate self experiment and injested high amounts of LSD had a really bad trip synethetic experience where everything merged together in fantastic way American military, CIA, etc became interested in LSD, perhaps to be
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used as weapon in field, or to faciliatate interrogation Psychiatrists interested in idea that LSD created artificial schizophrenia and could study it by giving people this drug And they did Legal to experiment with people and this drug Recruited college students Ken Kesey- one of the students who took it in experiment, he was a writer, reported on experiences, he began working on one of the psychiatric wards in this hospital, he connected the dots, he began to feel that maybe the patients weren’t crazy, just non-conformists, in their own way just as valid, wrote a novel, called “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” Concerns patients in mental hospital who are drugged, shocked, psychotherapized, all kept in line 1962 published cultural hit 1964- Ken Kesey, the Merry Pranksters, and the “Electric Kool-Aid Acid test”- cross country trip from san fran to NY and invited people to take part in the Acid test, make stops at diff town, hand out fliers, and hand out little glasses of green Kool-Aid laced with LSD, people would have their trips “What we hoped was that we could stop the coming end of the world”
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