Remembrances of LSD Therapy Past by Eisner

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They have often been quite wrong in their estimates of the country into which they pushed. Christopher Columbus believing that he was in the Indies…(Al) is much more likely to receive recognition for his considerable achievements than poor Columbus was. ) can occur. But it takes great time and enormous energy for the channel through which it comes and cannot be maintained indefinitely, I believe…Love is somehow the bridge by which the sick person finds his way back…” “I think I mentioned that there was a schizophrenic whom I wanted to give LSD to…the three borderline ones we have worked with have given us enormous insight -- and a healthy respect for the amount of after-hours work when the subject is a ‘normal’ or outpatient referral.

Affectionately, Betty Eisner” (A number of letters between Tom and Betty about plans for the coming visit and the scheduling of activities) LSD SESSION -- Wednesday, August 28, 1957. These are from both my and Tom’s notes. Tom’s notes are marked with “'”, mine with 34 “”” and direct quotations are marked with “’”; my interpolations are marked with “()”. “My memories today of the session are vivid but limited. First I was in ‘hell’ and in pain for what seemed like one eternity after another. Finally, when I had made up my mind that I would be in hell forever and accepted that fact, it was over.

I suspect that it reduces the anxiety giving a patient a sense of mastery and achievement which makes the experience very much "his own show”…I am much in agreement with your views on the need to allow the process to unfold and developing its own way. It may become possible to intervene when we know more, but possibly when we know more we shall be less keen to muddy the waters. How should we interpret the psychotic-like effects? I am not altogether sure that they are really all of one sort…” “Your model of schizophrenia is a convincing one and very congenial to me...

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