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Book and Media Reviews
March 28, 2007

Mind Wars: Brain Research and National Defense

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Book and Media Reviews Section Editor: John L. Zeller, MD, PhD, Fishbein Fellow.

JAMA. 2007;297(12):1379-1383. doi:10.1001/jama.297.12.1382

Mind Wars is aptly titled. In it bioethicist Jonathan Moreno considers the intersection of brain research and national defense as well as his own ambivalence about such discordant applications.

More than a serious work of public policy, the volume is a son's quest to understand the work of his psychiatrist father, who pioneered lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) experiments in the 1960s and who associated with prominent investigators of that era. Among his father's closest friends was Harvard psychologist Henry A. Murray, who developed personality and aptitude tests and was himself a collaborator of Timothy Leary.

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