Letters to editors of popular media written by Dr. Breggin.

No, Don’t Relax Ban

The New York Times, Nov 6, 1996  To the Editor: As the author of two books on the subject, I think the Nov. 5 front-page article ”Ban on Medical Experiments Without Consent Is Relaxed” overlooks or minimizes important issues about doctors obtaining the right to experiment on unconscious patients without […]

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Whose Attention Disorder Does Ritalin Treat?

The New York Times, May 15, 1996. To the Editor: Re “Boom in Ritalin Sales Raises Ethical Issues” (Health page, May 15): The stimulant Ritalin treats the needs of health professionals, parents and teachers rather than the needs of children. You report that experts say “the drug helps anyone to […]

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On the Couch, Culture Affects All

The New York Times, Dec 7, 1995, page 30. To the Editor: At first blush, “Making Room on the Couch for Culture” (Science Times, Dec. 5) seems to describe an advance in psychiatry. Instead of being diagnosed psychotic and treated with antidepressants, the bereaved woman is understood in the context […]

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Psychiatry Doesn’t Help Mental Health Cause

The New York Times, March 8, 1995, page 24. To the Editor: Robert Klitzman’s “That Way Madness Lies” (Op-Ed, March 4) represents much of what’s wrong with the modern psychiatric approach. To illustrate why psychiatric financing should not be cut back, Dr. Klitzman recounts what can be called a “violent mania” […]

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Psychiatry Doesn’t Cure Unhappiness

The New York Times, Sept 10, 1993, page 20. To the Editor: Richard A. Friedman, a psychiatrist, states in “Unhappiness by Itself Doesn’t Cause Suicide” (letter, Aug. 26) that suicide is a disease and that psychiatric interventions have proved their effectiveness. Both contentions lack scientific substantiation. Despite constant assertions by […]

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U.S. Hasn’t Given Up Linking Genes to Crime

The New York Times, Sept. 18, 1992, page A34. To the Editor: “Faced with complaints of veiled racism, the National Institutes of Health,” you report (front page, Sept. 5), “withdrew financing of an academic conference on the search for a genetic basis for criminal behavior, forcing its indefinite postponement.” However, […]

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The President’s Sleeping Pill and Its Makers

The New York Times, Feb 10, 1992, page 24. To the Editor: “Implants and Halcion: the Shadow” (editorial, Jan. 24) points out that the Food and Drug Administration depends on information submitted by drug companies in the new drug approval process. You do not make fully clear, however, that the […]

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