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Flashback to the 1960s: LSD in the treatment of Autism

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Sigafoos, J and Green, VA and Edrisinha, C and Lancioni, GE (2007) Flashback to the 1960s: LSD in the treatment of Autism. Developmental Neurorehabilitation, 10 (1). pp. 75-81. ISSN 1751-8423

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Abstract

Between 1959 and 1974, several groups of researchers issued reports on the use of d-Lysergic Acid Diethylamide (LSD) in the treatment of children with autism. This paper reviews that literature to consider how the authors justified these studies, as well as their methods, results, and conclusions. The justification for using LSD was often based on the default logic that other treatment efforts had failed. Several positive outcomes were reported with the use of LSD, but most of these studies lacked proper experimental controls and presented largely narrative/descriptive data. Today there is renewed interest in the use of psychedelic drugs for therapeutic purposes. While this resurgence of research has not yet included children with autism, this review of the LSD studies from the 1960s and 1970s offers important lessons for future efforts to evaluate new or controversial treatments for children with autism.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Developmental Neurorehabilitation
Publisher: Informa Healthcare
Page Range: pp. 75-81
ISSN: 1751-8423
Identification Number - DOI: 10.1080/13638490601106277
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Date Deposited: 07 Apr 2008 14:12
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 03:33
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