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 Psychiatry's role in the holocaust (1993) 01/01/1993
"Psychiatry's Role in the Holocaust." International Journal of Risk and Safety in Medicine 4:133-148, 1993. Adapted from a paper delivered at "Medical Science Without Compassion" in Cologne, Germany and published in the conference proceedings.
file icon Psychopharmacology and human values (2003) 01/01/2003
"Psychopharmacology and Human Values." Journal of Humanistic Psychology, 43: 34-49, 2003.
file icon Psychostimulants in the treatment of children diagnosed with ADHD (1999) 06/01/1999
"Psychostimulants in the Treatment of Children Diagnosed with ADHD: Risks and Mechanism of Action." International Journal of Risk and Safety in Medicine, 12 (1), 3-35, 1999.
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 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 Psychosurgery for political purposes (1975) 01/01/1975
"Psychosurgery for Political Purposes." Duquesne Law Review 13:841-862, 1975.
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 Psychotherapy as applied ethics (1971) 01/01/1971
"Psychotherapy as Applied Ethics." Psychiatry 34:59-75, 1971.
file icon Psychotherapy in emotional crises without resort to psychiatric medication (1998) 03/01/1998
"Psychotherapy in Emotional Crises without Resort to Psychiatric Medication." The Humanistic Psychologist 25:2-14, 1998.
file icon Rational Principles of Psychopharmacology 02/16/2016

Breggin, PR. (2016). Rational Principles of Psychopharmacology for Therapists, Healthcare Providers and Clients. J Contemp Psychother 46:1–13.


Because the epidemic dispensing of psychiatric drugs is based on misinformation, it is important for all health professionals, consumers, and most citizens (including patients and their family members) to have a more rational understanding of how psychiatric drugs actually “work.” Instead of enforcing authoritarian “medication compliance” in obedience to the prescriber’s orders, informed therapists and healthcare providers have an ethical duty to provide scientific information about the real effects of psychiatric drugs. Instead of naively accepting whatever the doctor prescribes to them, consumers need to educate themselves about all medications, but especially about psychiatric ones, which are consistently misrepresented and oversold.

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WARNING!

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