Dr. Humphry Osmond’s remarkable medical career included decades of medicine. The popular press may today remember Humphry Osmond for coining the. Humphry Osmond who, over the next decade, was to do the largest LSD trials in the Humphry Fortescue Osmond, born 1 July , came from an English. Dr Humphry Osmond. Psychiatrist who explored hallucinogenics and coined the term psychedelic in a letter to Aldous Huxley. February 21 , am, The.

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Inafter his ideas met with little enthusiasm in the Freudian-dominated British mental health establishments, Osmond and his wife emigrated to Saskatchewan, Canada.

Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Over the next few hours he experienced fantastic, vivid images with intense colours. The hjmphry establishment was not interested in drugs. Copyright and License information Disclaimer. Laing, British psychiatrist noted for his alternative approach to the treatment of schizophrenia.

The results were encouraging: His work was cut short by the s drugs backlash, and only now is his work with hallucinogens being looked at with new interest. These ideas were not well received amongst the psychiatric community in London at the time.

Psychiatric Research with Hallucinogens: Osmond also explored aspects of the psychology of social environments, in particular how they influenced welfare or recovery in mental institutions. Our editors will review what you’ve submitted, and if it meets our criteria, we’ll add it to the article. These memos were collected into a book, Predicting the Pastand published in He is known for inventing the word psychedelic and for his research into interesting and useful applications for psychedelic drugs.


Osmond also studied parapsychology. Exchanges between the two men were often personal as well as professional. Psychedelic, from the Osnond for mind “psyche” and the verb “delein” to manifestmeans “mind-manifesting”.

Humphry Osmond – Wikipedia

Osmond and Huxley had become friends and Osmond gave him mescaline himphry Top row, from left: A portal for all things Pauling.

Huxley had initiated a correspondence with Osmond. Start your free trial. Treatment of Schizophrenia Osmond was born in SurreyEngland and educated at Haileybury.

He retired from the university and the hospital in Already a subscriber or registered access user? He collected the biographies of recovered schizophrenics, and he held that psychiatrists can only understand the schizophrenic by understanding the rational way the mind makes sense of distorted perceptions. Osmond noticed that some drinkers were only able to give up drinking after an episode of delirium tremens and tried to replicate this state in patients through giving them high doses of the drug.

Osmond thought that hallucinogenic drugs produced symptoms similar to delirium tremens. In Osmond resigned his position at Princeton and moved to Alabama, where he taught at the University of Alabama, Birmingham as a professor of psychiatry.


Psychedelics and psychotherapy in Canada: Humphry Osmond and Aldous Huxley.

You may find it helpful to search within the site to see how similar or related subjects are covered. Osmond, the scientist, thought the hallucinogens might help treat mental illness.

Albert Hofmann, Swiss chemist who discovered the psychedelic drug lysergic acid diethylamide LSDwhich he first synthesized in by isolating compounds found in ergot Claviceps purpureaa fungus affecting rye. Humphry Osmond was born on Hunphry 1 in Surrey and educated at Haileybury.

Osmond is also known for a study in the late s in which he attempted to cure alcoholics with LSD.

Working together, the two doctors performed extensive studies on schizophrenic patients in psychiatric hospitals in Saskatchewan, Canada, using niacin vitamin B3 and ascorbic acid vitamin C as potential cures for the disease. Most of them, he said, “find the experience valuable, some find it frightening, and many say that it is uniquely lovely”.