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.
Psychiatry's reliance on coercion (1999) 02/01/1999
"Psychiatry's Reliance on Coercion." Ethical Human Sciences and Services, 1:115-118, 1999.
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.
Psychopharmacology and human values (2003) 01/01/2003
"Psychopharmacology and Human Values." Journal of Humanistic Psychology, 43: 34-49, 2003.
"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.
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.
"Psychosurgery as Brain-disabling Therapy." Divergent Views in Psychiatry, M. Dongier and E. Wittkower, editors. Harper and Row, Hagerstown, MD, 302-326, 1981.
Psychosurgery for political purposes (1975) 01/01/1975
"Psychosurgery for Political Purposes." Duquesne Law Review 13:841-862, 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.
Psychotherapy as applied ethics (1971) 01/01/1971
"Psychotherapy as Applied Ethics." Psychiatry 34:59-75, 1971.
"Psychotherapy in Emotional Crises without Resort to Psychiatric Medication." The Humanistic Psychologist 25:2-14, 1998.