Slow REST or Fast Drugs: Meditation or Medication?

  • Charles Brownfield


Serendipity is credited with playing a ubiquitous role in the discovery of neuroleptic drugs in the 1950s, followed by antidepressants and anxiolytics in the 1960s. With little foresight about the consequences of long term use of these new medications, or their adverse effects, and encouraged by the dramatic control they exerted on behavior, the excitement, intellectual vigor, and prestige of psychiatry changed from humanistic to predominantly chemical conceptions of treatment (cf., Ayd & Blackwell, 1970; Lickey & Gordon, 1983; Schowalter, 1989).


Anorexia Nervosa Psychotropic Drug Substance Abuse Treatment Program Antianxiety Drug Physician Desk Reference 
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© Springer-Verlag New York, Inc. 1993

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  • Charles Brownfield

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