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The Macy Conferences


The books on this page arose from a series of conferences held by the Macy Foundation from 1954 to 1959, looking at the latest research being done in the area of neuropharmacology, in particular the growing interest in the use of LSD as an adjunct to psychotherapy. While run by the psychiatric community, they were allegedly closely followed (and perhaps partially-funded) by the CIA, in light of their interest in the drug for the purposes of chemical warfare (be that mind control, or “brainwashing,” or as an incapacitating agent, or whatever else they could dream — or nightmare — up).

I don’t know if, or to what extent, that’s true or not, though.

Shown here, and the subsequent several photos, is the complete set of volumes in this series — five years of conferences dealing with a variety of aspects of LSD (specifically) and neuropharmacology (more generally), culminating in a conference (and a separate, but accompanying volume) exclusively on the more practical aspects of the use of LSD in psychotherapy.


Neuropharmacology: Transactions of the First Conference
(May 26, 27 & 28, 1954)

by Harold A. Abramson, Editor

(New York: Josiah Macy)


Consideration of the Effects of Pharmacological Agents on the Over-All Circulation and Metabolism of the Brain

Functional Organization of the Brain

Studies of Electrical Activity of the Brain in Relation to Anesthesia

Ascending Reticular System and Anesthesia

Observations on New CNS Convulsants


Neuropharmacology: Transactions of the Second Conference
(May 25, 26 & 27, 1955)

by Harold A. Abramson, Editor

(New York: Josiah Macy)


Lycergic Acid Diethylamide (LSD) and Related Compounds

Effect of Drugs on the Behavior of Animals and on Psychoses of Man

Research on Schizophrenia

Experimentally Induced Psychoses in Man

Tolerance to LSD-25 and a Theory of Psychoses


Neuropharmacology: Transactions of the Third Conference
(May 21, 22 & 23, 1956)

by Harold A. Abramson, Editor

(New York: Josiah Macy)


Blocking of the LSD-25 Reaction in Siamese Fighting Fish

Effect of LSD-25 on Snails

Production and Control of Alcoholic Cravings in Rats

Stress Situations in Animals and the Nature of Conflict

Action of Alcohol on the Central Nervous System

Measurement of Subjective Responses

Effects of Psychosomimetic Drugs in Animals and Man

Origin of Cortical Surface Potentials

Serotonin and Norepinephrine as Antagonistic Chemical Mediators

Brain Response to Drugs Mapped Through Self-Stimulation


Neuropharmacology: Transactions of the Fourth Conference
(May 25, 26 & 27, 1957)

by Harold A. Abramson, Editor

(New York: Josiah Macy)


The Effect of Respiratory Poisons and Anoxia on Siamese Fighting Fish in Relation to LSD-25 Reaction

Clinical Studies With Taraxein

“Stop” and “Start” Systems

Some Relations Between Chemical Structure and Physiologic Action of Mescaline and Related Compounds


Neuropharmacology: Transactions of the Fifth Conference
(May 27, 28 & 29, 1959)

by Harold A. Abramson, Editor

(New York: Josiah Macy)


Amine Metabolism and Its Pharmacological Implications

Central Action of Chlorpromazine and Reserpine

Physiological Fractionation of the Effect of Serotonin on Evoked Potentials

Biochemical Sites of Action of Psychotropic Drugs


The Use of LSD in Psychotherapy: Transactions of a Conference on d-Lysergic Acid Diethylamide (LSD-25)
(April 22, 23 & 24, 1959)

by Harold A. Abramson, Editor

(New York: Josiah Macy)


Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy with LSD

The Nature of the Psychological Response to LSD

Symbolysis: Psychotherapy by Symbolic Presentation

The Study of Communication Processes under LSD

Resolution of Counter-Identification Conflict of Father During Oedipal Phase of Son

Et Cetera


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