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Should Neuroleptic Drugs Be Banned?
After Should Neuroleptic Drugs Be Banned? was presented at
the World Federation of Mental Health Conference in Copenhagen in August 1984
and printed in the Proceedings of that conference, it has been reprinted a number
of times, often by organizations of ex-patients and by advocates for patients.
For example, Karl Bach Jensen in Denmark and Peter Lehman in Berlin, who many
years later became the second and the third president of The European Network of Users and
Survivors of Psychiatry (www.enusp.org),
translated the article to Danish (ref. 5, below) and to German (ref. 4, below).
Sadly, however, these views are virtually banned from the
psychiatric literature. Why is it that experiences, facts,
arguments, and views that are passionately validated and embraced by intelligent patients
with personal knowledge of these drugs are ignored by psychiatrists? Why are
leading psychiatrists not regarded as patient advocates by knowledgeable
ex-patients (such as Jensen, Lehman, and Hebriana – See
interview on this site). Why do psychiatrists not even
take the opportunity to enter into dialogue with patients?
It is hard to escape the conclusion that psychiatry is in essence
more a repressive and censoring institution than a self-critical scientific
discipline or a branch of medicine that aims to serve the true interests of
Nevertheless, these views have occasionally echoed in the pharmacologic and in
the psychiatric literature. Thus the title Should Neuroleptic Drugs be Banned?
was borrowed as the heading of a new chapter in the 9th edition of the German
psychiatric textbook by Professor A. Finzen, Medikamentenbehandlung bei
psychischen Storungen (Bonn, 1991). The title Should Neuroleptic Drugs be
Banned? was also borrowed as the heading of a "special review" by the editor of
Side Effects of Drugs Annual 10, 1986 (p. 49-50). When that volume was reviewed
in the British medical journal The Lancet (Sept. 6, 1986, p. 588), the reviewer
noted that "Dr. M. N. G. Dukes almost comes around to agreeing that neuroleptic
drugs should be banned."
1. Sweden, 1985, reprinted as a booklet by RSMH-Malmo (Association of mental
patients in the city of Malmo), Bergsgatan 12 B, SE-21154 Malmo, Sweden.
2. Sweden, 1985, printed in edited and abbreviated form as a series of articles
in the leading Swedish newspaper the Dagens Nyheter, DN Debatt, August 23,
August 24, August 25.
3. USA, 1986, reprinted as a booklet by Psychiatric Survivors of Western
Massachusetts, P.O.Box 60845, Longmeadow, MA 01116.
4. West Berlin, 1986, German translation by Peter Lehmann and Hartmut Zulch,
Neuroleptika verboten werden? published in Die Irrenoffensive, Nr. 3.
5. Denmark, 1988, Danish translation based on the articles in the Dagens Nyheter
by Karl Bach Jensen Uden hjernen dor skoven published in the book
Hjernemedicin, Amalie, Copenhagen.
6. Switzerland, 1988, French translation by Dr Barthold Bierens de Haan,
interdire les neuroleptiques? published in Psychiatrie et Responsabilite,
Mouvement Les Sans-Voix, Geneva.
7. Switzerland, 1988, German translation reprinted by Pro Mente Sana, in
PMS Aktuell 3/88.
8. Switzerland, 1989, Le medecin praticien et les neuroleptiques. Faut-il
interdire les neuroleptiques? Dr. Barthold Bierens de Haan, abridged and edited
reprint in Courrier du Medecin vaudois.
9. Switzerland. 1990. Les Neuroleptiques, it faut les interdires. Abridged and
edited reprint by Le Temps Strategique, Geneva.
10. USA, 1991, abridged and edited reprint in the book Cry of the Invisible, Ed.
Michael A Susko, The Conservatory Press, Baltimore, Md.
11. France, 1992, Neuroleptiques: Une lobotomie chimique. Abridged and edited
reprint in Le Lien, avril 1992.
12. Switzerland, 1998, in the book
Deprived of Our Humanity, Mouvement Les Sans-Voix (The Voiceless Movement),
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