Freedom and Coercion

Even in college, when Dr. Breggin was director of the Harvard-Radcliffe Mental Hospital Volunteer Program, he opposed the coercive practices so rampant in psychiatry, which include misinformation, authoritarianism, and involuntary treatment. He began criticizing coercion and involuntary treatment in his earliest scientific publications (1964 and 1965). This collection of papers makes available his earliest papers on the subject. Following the initial scientific articles, additional ones were published in magazines and journals that are not scientific in orientation. He also writes about psychiatric coercion in his book Toxic Psychiatry and then more systematically when he describes the three dynamics of love, voluntary exchange, and coercion in his book Beyond Conflict. He suggests that the reader take a good look at his seminal paper on the role of psychiatry in the Holocaust (1993) published in the International Journal of Risk & Safety in Medicine, which concludes with a systematic look at the inherently oppressive principles of genetic and biological psychiatry. This paper was delivered in Germany at the first-ever conference on Medicine in the Third Reich.

Fenfluramine damage to the brain and mind

RECENT FDA DECISION HIGHLIGHTS ETHICAL ISSUES IN DRUG RESEARCH ON CHILDREN by Peter R. Breggin, M.D. April 21, 1998 The FDA has put the interests of drug companies and the psychiatric research establishment ahead of those of America’s children. It is time for the public and concerned professionals to take a stand against unethical pharmacological […]

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Electroshock: Scientific, Ethical, & Political Issues (1998)

Breggin, PR. (1998). International Journal of Risk & Safety In Medicine, 11:5-40. Electroconvulsive treatment (ECT) is increasingly used in North America and there are attempts to further its use world-wide. However, most controlled studies of efficacy in depression indicate the treatment is no better than placebo, with no positive effect on the rate of suicide. Electroshockscientific.pbreggin.1998.pdf

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A Libertarian Psychology: Self Ownership – A Condition for Happiness. (1979)

Breggin, PR, (1979). Humanist, v39 n3 p28-31 May-Jun 1979. Describes system of libertarian psychology which is an analysis of human conduct consistent with the principles of maximum personal freedom. The author identifies the concept of voluntary exchange by which individuals relate to each other as they choose as the basis for his psychology of self-determination. Breggin1979_Self-OwnershipLibertarian.pdf

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Psychosurgery for the control of violence: a critical review (1975)

Breggin, PR. (1975). In W. Fields & W. Sweet (Eds.), Neural basis of violence and aggression (pp.350-391). St Louis: Warren H. Green. Lobotomy and psychosurgery being used as on patients with neither brain disease nor epilepsy. psychosurgeryfor.pbreggin.1975.pdf

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