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Fisher, Gary, 1931-2012

 Person

Dates

  • Existence: June 2, 1931 - March 2, 2012

Biographical Information

Gary Fisher was born in Canada on June 2, 1931. He graduated with his Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Utah and received further training from Al Hubbard with the Saskatchewan Group. In the late 1950s and early 1960s, Fisher treated children ranging from the ages of four to thirteen who suffered from autism and schizophrenia with LSD and psychotherapy. While not all of his patients showed improvement, several of the children did benefit and showed marked improvement. Fisher also used LSD and psychotherapy to help dying patients. Once LSD was made illegal in 1962, Fisher had to cease his LSD research. He served as an assistant professor in the Division of Behavioral Sciences and Healthy Education in the School of Public Health at UCLA and has published several articles on his LSD research with autistic and schizophrenic children, as well as on his treatment of dying patients. Among his publications are “Some Comments Concerning Dosage Levels of Psychedelic Compound For Psychotherapeutic Experiences,” “Successful Outcome of a Single LSD Treatment in a Chronically Dysfunctional Man,” and “Treatment of Childhood Schizophrenia Utilizing LSD and Psilocybin.” Fisher was also an artist who stated that his own psychedelic experiences influenced his art. Fisher passed away on March 2, 2012.

Citation

Erowid Gary Fisher Vault

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Gary Fisher papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSP 84
Scope and Contents The Gary Fisher papers contains a notebook of Fisher's anecdotes including recollections of his colleague Joyce Martin, patient notes pertaining to LSD psychotherapy treatments for children suffering from mental illness, articles and reports, his doctoral thesis, academic transcripts, his curriculum vitae, correspondence, and photographs.