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 NIMH multimodal study of treatment for ADHD 04/01/2000
"The NIMH Multimodal Study of Treatment for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: A Critical Analysis." International Journal of Risk and Safety in Medicine, 13:15-22, 2000. Originally published in Ethical Human Sciences and Services, 2:63-72, 2000.
file icon The psychiatric drugging of toddlers 02/01/2000
"The Psychiatric Drugging of Toddlers." Ethical Human Sciences and Services, 2: 83-86, 2000.
file icon The psychophysiology of anxiety 01/01/1970
"The Psychophysiology of Anxiety." Journal of Nervous Mental Diseases 139:558-568, 1964.
file icon The return of ECT 01/01/1992
"The Return of ECT." Readings: A Journal of Reviews and Commentary in Mental Health, 3 (March#1), 12-17, 1992.
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 The Rights of Children and Parents Regarding Child Diagnosis and Drugging 04/26/2014
The Rights of Children and Parents In Regard to Children Receiving Psychiatric Diagnoses and Drugs. Children & Society, 28, (2014) pp. 231-241


Peter R. Breggin, MD


Based on the author's extensive clinical, forensic and research experience, this article addresses the scientific and moral question of whether it is ever in the best interests of a child to be given a psychiatric drug. The focus is on the diagnosis Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and stimulant drugs, and on the diagnosis Bipolar Disorder and antipsychotic (neuroleptic) drugs. The conclusion is that we should work towards a prohibition against giving psychiatric drugs to children, and instead focus on safe and effective alternative ways of meeting the needs of children within their families, schools and society. © 2014 John Wiley & Sons Ltd and National Children's Bureau.

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 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 The three dynamics of human progress 01/01/1989
"The Three Dynamics of Human Progress: A Unified Theory Applicable to Individuals, Institutions and Society." Review of Existential Psychology and Psychiatry 21:(Nos. 1-3)97-123, 1988-89.
file icon The White House Conference on Mental Health 01/01/2000
"The White House Conference on Mental Health." Ethical Human Sciences and Services, 2: 3-7, 2000.
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WARNING!

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