Abetting Madness: The Role of Illicit and Prescribed Drug in Promoting Psychotic and Manic Disorder

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Malcolm Bowers, Jr., a professor of psychiatry at Yale and a leading American researcher in the neurobiology of schizophrenia, has written a useful, concise historical review of the relationship between illicit drugs and prescribed medication and the development of psychosis. Bowers begins with a historical review of the role of hallucinogens in the 1960s and their potential for producing what was considered to be “a model psychosis.” Their usefulness as a model for psychosis, however, was short-lived, as they were increasingly used by the counterculture of the 1960s.​

J Clin Psychiatry 2005;66(6):807-807