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 Psychosurgery for the control of violence (1975) 02/01/1975
"Psychosurgery for the Control of Violence: A Critical Review" Neural Bases of Violence and Aggression, W. Fields and W. Sweet, editors. Warren H. Green, Inc., St. Loius, MO, 350-378, 1975.
file icon Brain-disabling therapies (1980) 01/01/1980
"Brain-disabling Therapies," In Valenstein E (ed): The Psychosurgery Debate. San Francisco, WH Freeman, 1980.
file icon Psychosurgery as brain-disabling therapy (1981) 01/01/1981
"Psychosurgery as Brain-disabling Therapy." Divergent Views in Psychiatry, M. Dongier and E. Wittkower, editors. Harper and Row, Hagerstown, MD, 302-326, 1981.
file icon Disabling the brain with electroshock (1981) 02/01/1981
"Disabling the Brain with Electroshock." Divergent Views in Psychiatry, M. Dongier and E. Wittkower, editors. Harper and Row, Hagerstown, MD, 247-271, 1981.
file icon The return of lobotomy and psychosurgery 01/01/1982
"The Return of Lobotomy and Psychosurgery." Reprinted with a new introduction in Edwards RB (ed): Psychiatry and Ethics. Buffalo, Prometheus Books, 1982. Originally published in the Congressional Record , February 24, 1972, E1602-E1612. First reprinted in Quality of Health Care-Human Experimentation: Hearings Before Senator Edward Kennedy's Subcommittee on Health, US Senate, Washington, D.C., US Government Printing Office, 1973.
file icon What cost leukotomy? 01/01/1983
"What Cost Leukotomy?" (letter) American Journal of Psychiatry 140:1101, 1983.
file icon Iatrogenic helplessness in authoritarian therapy (1983) 02/01/1983
"Iatrogenic Helplessness in Authoritarian Psychiatry." In Morgan RF (ed): The Iatrogenics Handbook. Toronto, IPI Publishing Company, 39-51, 1983.
file icon Electroshock therapy and brain damage: the acute organic brain syndrome as treatment (1984) 01/01/1984
"Electroshock Therapy and Brain Damage: The Acute Organic Brain Syndrome as Treatment." Behavior and Brain Sciences 7:24-25, 1984.
file icon Neuropathology and Cognitive Dysfunction From ECT (1985) 01/01/1985

Breggin, P.R. (1985). Neuropathology and Cognitive Dysfunction From ECT. Electroconvulsive Therapy, Consensus Development Conference, NIMH, June 10-12.


ECT always produces some degree of immediate brain damage and mental dysfunction, and frequently the patient never fully recovers. Permanent brain damage from ECT is demonstrated through clinical evaluations, psychological tests, EEG studies, CAT scans, human autopsy studies, and research on the effect of electrical current on the brain as well as through a variety of animal studies.

file icon Neuropathology and cognitive dysfunction from ECT (1986) 01/01/1986
"Neuropathology and Cognitive Dysfunction from ECT." Psychopharmacology Bulletin 22:476-479, 1986.
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