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 FDA should test the safety of ECT machines 07/13/2010
International Journal of Risk & Safety in Medicine 22 (2010) 89-92.
 
Peter R. Breggin
 
Abstract: Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) and the machines that deliver it have never been tested for safety and efficacy in order to receive approval from the FDA. The American Psychiatric Association and ECT advocates protested when the FDA took steps to classify the machines as posing “an unreasonable risk of illness or injury”, which would have required their testing before approval. Without requiring this testing, the FDA is now preparing to classify the treatment and the machines as safe. This article reviews evidence demonstrating that ECT is very harmful to the brain and mind, and concludes that the FDA should demand the usual testing, starting with animals, that is required before psychiatric treatments and machines are approved for marketing and use.
file icon What pyschologists and psychiatrists need to know about ADHD and stimulants 05/01/2000
"What Psychologists and Psychotherapists Need to Know About ADHD and Stimulants." Changes: An International Journal of Psychology and Psychotherapy, 18:13-23, Spring 2000.
file icon Campaigns against racist federal programs by the ICSPP (1995/96) 01/01/1995
"Campaigns against racist federal programs by the Center for the Study of Psychiatry and Psychology." Journal of African American Men 1:No. 3, 3-22. Winter 1995/96.
file icon What cost leukotomy? 01/01/1983
"What Cost Leukotomy?" (letter) American Journal of Psychiatry 140:1101, 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 (1986) 01/01/1986
"Neuropathology and Cognitive Dysfunction from ECT." Psychopharmacology Bulletin 22:476-479, 1986.
file icon Lobotomies: an alert (1972) 02/01/1972
"Lobotomies: An Alert." (letter) American Journal of Psychiatry 129:98-99, 1972.
file icon Empathic self-transformation and love in individual and family therapy (1999) 05/01/1999
"Empathic Self-Transformation and Love in Individual and Family Therapy." The Humanistic Psychologist, 27:267-282, 1999.
file icon Parallels between neuroleptic effects and lethargic encephalitis (1993) 03/01/1993
"Parallels Between Neuroleptic Effects and Lethargic Encephalitis: The Production of Dyskinesias and Cognitive disorders." Brain and Cognition 23:8-27, 1993.
file icon A biomedical programme for urban violence control (1993) 02/01/1993
"A biomedical programme for urban violence control in the U.S." (Peter Breggin and Ginger Ross Breggin). Changes: An International Journal of Psychology and Psychotherapy 11, No. 1 (March) :59-71, 1993.
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