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Hoffer, Abram



  • Existence: November 11, 1917 - May 27, 2009

Abram Hoffer was born on November 11, 1917, on a small farm in Saskatchewan. He earned his bachelor of science and master's degree in agricultural chemistry from the University of Saskatchewan. He then went on to earn his Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Minnesota, and his medical degree from the university of Toronto. During his education, he married Rose Miller, and had three children (Bill, John, and Miriam). Hoffer's focus was on psychiatry and its roots in biochemistry and physiology as opposed to psychoanalysis. Hoffer worked with Humphry Osmond to find a way to utilize LSD in treating alcoholics. He was the Director of Psychiatric Research, focusing on schizophrenia, from 1951 until 1967. He created the Journal of Schizophrenia (later the Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine) after resigning as Director. He then went on to found the International Society for Orthomolecular Medicine. He continued in private practice until 2005. Hoffer died at 92 on May 27, 2009.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Abram Hoffer correspondence

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSP 88
Scope and Contents The Abram Hoffer correspondence contains a typed letter from Abram Hoffer to Ralph Metzner concerning the use of Hoffer's Berkeley LSD paper by Metzner.  It also includes Hoffer's opinion of the Liangs and Berkes' ideas on schizophrenia.
Dates: January 9, 1967