Sessa, B. (2005) Can psychedelics have a role in psychiatry once again? – Editorial.
British Journal of Psychiatry, 186, 457-458.
Accession Number 2009185282
Authors Dyck E.
(Dyck) Department of History, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Sask. S7N 5A5,
Country of Publication
Prairies, psychedelics and place: The dynamics of region in psychiatric research.
Health and Place. 15(3)(pp 888-894), 2009. Date of Publication: September 2009.
In 1957, the word 'psychedelic' entered the English lexicon from a rather unexpected
location: an asylum superintendent working on the Canadian prairies in one of the
provincial mental hospitals in Saskatchewan. During the 1950s Saskatchewan-based
researchers engaged in political and psychiatric reforms that brought international
attention to their work in a relatively isolated geographic location. This article
considers the influence of location on the development of a medical theory that challenged
prevailing ideas about the causation and treatment of mental illness and addiction.
Drawing on perspectives from historians, political scientists, sociologists and geographers,
this case study explores the historical meanings of region and place and combines
older historiographical traditions, which define region in political terms, with
concepts borrowed from other disciplines, which offer a more nuanced view of cultural
geography, to examine the development of psychedelic research in the post-World War
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