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Title: From Clinic to Chapel: A Genealogy of the Therapeutic Efficacy of Hallucinogens
Authors: Hauschild, Maia
Advisors: Davis, Elizabeth
Department: Anthropology
Certificate Program: Global Health and Health Policy Program
Class Year: 2020
Abstract: Despite an extensive history of human experimentation with natural hallucinogenic substances dating back to hunter-gatherer societies, psychedelic substances have only become a subject of clinical research since Albert Hofmann accidentally synthesized lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) in 1943. Although the safety and therapeutic benefit of hallucinogens has been established in a multitude of clinical, religious, and cross-cultural settings, psilocybin and LSD remain categorized with drugs of high potential for abuse. In this thesis, I will contextualize current modes of inquiry in the field of psychedelic research by providing a genealogical account of clinical trials investigating the therapeutic use of psychedelic substances from the 1950s to the present. I will supplement my discussion of the current state of psychedelic research with empirical evidence from conversations with a psycho-oncologist at the forefront of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center’s psychedelic research.
Type of Material: Princeton University Senior Theses
Language: en
Appears in Collections:Anthropology, 1961-2022
Global Health and Health Policy Program, 2017-2022

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