Selected scientific papers
This section contains a selection of Dr. Breggin's scientific articles spanning 1964 to the present. They can be arranged chronologically in order to facilitate an overview of his work over the years.
 
 

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file icon The psychophysiology of anxiety 01/01/1964
"The Psychophysiology of Anxiety." Journal of Nervous Mental Diseases 139:558-568, 1964.
file icon Coercion of voluntary patients in an open hospital (1964) 01/02/1964
"Coercion of Voluntary Patients in an Open Hospital." Archives of General Psychiatry 10:173-181, 1964. Reprinted with a new introduction in Edwards, R.B. (ed): Psychiatry and Ethics. Prometheus Books, 1982, and in Edwards, R.B. (ed): Ethics and Psychiatry. Amherst, New York, Prometheus Books, 1997.
file icon Book Review: Borderland of Criminal Justice 06/18/1965
Breggin, PR. (1965). The Borderland of Criminal Justice: Essays in Law and Criminology. The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disorders. 141(3), 388-394.
file icon The sedative-like effects of epinephrine 01/03/1970
"The Sedative-like Effect of Epinephrine." Archives of General Psychiatry 12:255-259, 1965.
file icon Psychotherapy as applied ethics (1971) 01/01/1971
"Psychotherapy as Applied Ethics." Psychiatry 34:59-75, 1971.
file icon Lobotomy (1972) 01/01/1972
"Lobotomy." (co-authored by Daniel Greenburg). Science and Government Report, March 15, 1972, Volume II, No. 2, pp 1-4.
file icon Lobotomies: an alert (1972) 02/01/1972
"Lobotomies: An Alert." (letter) American Journal of Psychiatry 129:98-99, 1972.
file icon The second wave of psychosurgery 01/01/1973

Breggin, P.R. (1973).The Second Wave of Psychosurgery." M/H (Mental Health) 57:10-13.


LOBOTOMY and psychosurgery are upon us again! In Philadelphia a black man dies of an overdose of heroin, and a reporter notices peculiar scars on his head. A portion of his brain has been burned out in an experimental attempt to cure his addiction. The neurosurgeon is located by the reporter and admits that his monkey experiments were inconclusive before trying his operation on human addicts.

file icon Psychosurgery (1973) 01/01/1973

Breggin, P.R. (1973). Psychosurgery. Journal of the American Medical Association, 226(9) 1121.


To the Editor. THE JOURNAL (225:916, 1973) described me as "Undoubtedly the one person most responsible for politicizing psychosurgery ...." In this and a succeeding article (225:1035, 1973), the writer defends lobotomists and psychosurgeons and promotes their work as pure science unhappily corrupted by political attacks. Nothing could be further from the truth. The psychosurgeons offer no more 'scientific' evidence than they did in the first disastrous wave of lobotomies and as early as 1967 attempted to gain public and congressional support for their work by linking it to political fears of violent ghetto uprisings and, assassinations. I only entered the political arena as a counterforce to their own strenuous political campaign.

file icon Psychosurgery for political purposes (1975) 01/01/1975
"Psychosurgery for Political Purposes." Duquesne Law Review 13:841-862, 1975.
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