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February 1966

The Psychedelic Reader.

Arch Intern Med. 1966;117(2):310. doi:10.1001/archinte.1966.03870080154029

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Not too long ago a doctor gave a form of LSD to some of his patients. As the doctor listened to the tales that seemed to evolve from the use of this drug, he felt he had to try a personal experiment. He let those who had actually taken the real drug relate their experiences to potential users and then he gave the novitiates what seemed to be the identical substance, except that it was, in fact, a placebo. When those who took the "fake" LSD came up with fairly analogous experiences, the doctor came to the conclusion that while there might be some biological activity in the real pharmaceutical preparation, much of the drug's consequence seemed to come from preconditioning to its supposed effects.

Now comes a book of reprinted magazine articles that seems more intent on conditioning the reader to accept LSD by supplication than it does on

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