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Religion and Psychoactive Sacraments:
An Entheogen Chrestomathy

Thomas B. Roberts, Ph.D. and Paula Jo Hruby, Ed.D.
Author Index | Title Index


West, Louis Jolyon. (Editor). (1962).
New York: Grune & Stratton.

ISBN: None

Description: Hardcover, vii + 295 pages. Symposium cosponsored by the American Psychiatric Association and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Dec. 27-28, 1958.

Contents: Contributors, preface, 26 chapters, index.

Contributors: F. de Balbian Verster, Maitland Bliss, Bernard Clark, Sanford I. Eisenberg, Harold B. Evarts, Irwin Fisher, Sanford J. Goldstone, Milton Grunebaum, Robert G. Kolb, Byron E. Lubin, Sidney Marrazzi, Thomas E. Mendelson, Arnold H. Morris, Donald B. Myers, Martin T. Scheibel, Madge E. Shmavonian, Jay T. Silverman, Philip Stare, Erwin W. Vernon, Edwin A. Weinstein, Louis Jolyon West, Bernard Will, Harold L. Williams.

Note: Early, 1958 reference to LSD's spiritual effects, 4 chapters contain significant information on LSD, 2 others mention it in passing. Significant research on mescaline is described in 2 chapters and mentioned in 3 others.

Excerpt(s): In contrast [to alcoholics with delirium tremens], the schizophrenic has infrequent visual hallucinations, and when they occur, these are almost always conventional figures and forms that are monochromatic. They see a deceased mother dressed in a white, a cloud, a priest, stars, mountains, God and the like. Many times these are misinterpretations, such as the inference that a stranger walking down the street in the full glare of the sun is an iridescent Christ. Almost always, the visions are highly symbolic and may reflect a religious delusion, or, as in one case, the need to have a deceased parent near to protect against the terrors of the schizophrenic experience. (Eugene L. Bliss and Lincoln D. Clark, Chapter 8, Visual Hallucinations, page 99)

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