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Pahnke, Walter

 Person

Dates

  • Existence: Jan 18, 1931 - July 10, 1971

Walter Pahnke, born January 18, 1931, earned his Artium Baccalaureus (magna cum laude) from Carleton College in 1952, his MD from Harvard Medical School in 1956, his BD (cum laude) from Harvard Divinity School in 1960, and his PhD from Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in 1964. He completed training in LSD therapy and research with Hanscarl Leuner at the University of Göttingen and completed his psychiatric residency at the Massachusetts Mental Health Care Center. Pahnke’s main research interests were psychopharmacology (especially psychedelic drugs in regard to psychotherapeutic usefulness, sociological abuse, and religious implications), psychiatric and ethical issues in the care of the dying patient, and psychology of religion. He held many esteemed positions in the field of psychiatry and served as the Director of Clinical Sciences at the Maryland Psychiatric Research Center and an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine before his untimely death in 1971. Pahnke wrote many articles concerning the therapeutic use of LSD including his 1969 article “The Psychedelic Mystical Experience in the Human Encounter with Death.” He was a Phi Beta Kappa member, a Kent Fellow, and an Ingersoll Lecturer at Harvard University. Pahnke passed away at the age of forty in a scuba diving accident in the Atlantic off the coast of Maine on July 10, 1971 leaving behind his wife and three children. Pahnke was “admired by his friends for his boundless energy and enthusiasm and for the diversity of his interests.”

Found in 29 Collections and/or Records:

Bonny, Helen L. and Walter N. Pahnke. "The Use of Music in Psychedelic (LSD) Psychotherapy," Journal of Music Therapy. Vol. 9, No. 2 (photocopy), Summer 1972

 Item — Box: 2, Folder: 4
Identifier: MSP 1, Series 3, Sub-Series 2, File 2, Item 32
Scope and Contents From the Sub-Series: Includes published and unpublished preprints, reprints, abstracts, and drafts of articles on the use of psychotropic substances as a therapeutic agent. It also includes book chapters, letters to the editor, and conference presentations.

Stephen Hancoff papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSP 103
Abstract This collection documents Belle Hancoff’s two LSD sessions guided by Walter Pahnke along with the help of Helen Bonny, as well as Pahnke’s discussion of Belle Hancoff’s battle with cancer in a letter to Lewis Hancoff. Stephen Hancoff discusses his mother’s illness in a response to Alexander Zaitchik’s article "lashback! Psychedelic Research Returns," and he also mentions his relationship to William Richards and Stanislav Grof.

"Implications of LSD and Experimental Mysticism" by Walter N. Pahnke and William A. Richards, 1966

 Item — Box: 1, Folder: 1
Identifier: MSP 69, File 1, Item 6
Scope and Contents From the Collection: The Sanford Unger papers contains several articles concerning the effects of psychedelic drugs on alcoholics and individuals suffering from neurotic disorders, as well as the implication of those drugs on religious visions and mysticism. The collection also documents the correspondence between Aldous and Laura Huxley and Sanford Unger, as well as a DVD and VHS of "LSD: The Spring Grove Experiment."

Kurland, Albert A., Walter N. Pahnke, Sanford Unger, Charles Savage, and Louis E. Goodman. "Psychedelic Psychotherapy (LSD) in the Treatment of the Patient With a Malignancy." , April 24 - 27, 1968

 Item — Box: 6, Folder: 2
Identifier: MSP 70, Series 4, File 2, Item 10
Scope and Contents From the Series: Contains manuscripts and undated manuscripts documenting Savage’s research, as well as miscellaneous manuscripts possibly created by Savage, his patients, or his colleagues. Materials are arranged chronologically when possible. Undated materials are arranged alphabetically by the author’s last name.

Kurland, Albert A., Walter N. Pahnke, Sanford Unger, Charles Savage, and Stanislav Grof. "Psychedelic LSD Research," Psychotropic Drugs in the Year 2000. (photocopy), 1971

 Item — Box: 20, Folder: 3
Identifier: MSP 1, Series 3, Sub-Series 2, File 11, Item 44
Scope and Contents From the Sub-Series: Includes published and unpublished preprints, reprints, abstracts, and drafts of articles on the use of psychotropic substances as a therapeutic agent. It also includes book chapters, letters to the editor, and conference presentations.

Pahnke, Walter and Helen Bonny. "The Use of Music in Psychedelic (LSD) Psychotherapy," Journal of Music Therapy. Vol. 9, No. 2 (photocopy), Summer 1972

 Item — Box: 9, Folder: 4
Identifier: MSP 1, Series 3, Sub-Series 2, File 16, Item 28
Scope and Contents From the Sub-Series: Includes published and unpublished preprints, reprints, abstracts, and drafts of articles on the use of psychotropic substances as a therapeutic agent. It also includes book chapters, letters to the editor, and conference presentations.

Pahnke, Walter et al. "LSD-Assisted Psychotherapy with Terminal Cancer Patients." Current Psychiatric Therapies. Vol 9, 1969

 Item — Box: 5, Folder: 4
Identifier: MSP 70, Series 3, File 4, Item 11
Scope and Contents From the Series: Contains dated and undated article reprints that Savage used for research, as well as his article reviews. Some of the article reprints are written by him, or they are articles he may have reviewed. The materials are arranged chronologically.

Pahnke, Walter (et al). "LSD-Assisted Psychotherapy with Terminal Cancer Patients," Psychedelic Drugs (reprint), 1969

 Item — Box: 9, Folder: 4
Identifier: MSP 1, Series 3, Sub-Series 2, File 16, Item 26
Scope and Contents From the Sub-Series: Includes published and unpublished preprints, reprints, abstracts, and drafts of articles on the use of psychotropic substances as a therapeutic agent. It also includes book chapters, letters to the editor, and conference presentations.

Pahnke, Walter N., et al. "The Experimental Use of Psychedelic (LSD) Psychotherapy," The Journal of American Medical Association. Vol. 212 (reprint), June 15, 1970

 Item — Box: 20, Folder: 4
Identifier: MSP 1, Series 3, Sub-Series 2, File 16, Item 9
Scope and Contents From the Sub-Series: Includes published and unpublished preprints, reprints, abstracts, and drafts of articles on the use of psychotropic substances as a therapeutic agent. It also includes book chapters, letters to the editor, and conference presentations.

Pahnke, Walter N. "Psychedelic Drugs and Mystical Experience," Clinical Psychiatry and Religion (photocopy), 1969

 Item — Box: 9, Folder: 4
Identifier: MSP 1, Series 3, Sub-Series 2, File 16, Item 27
Scope and Contents From the Sub-Series: Includes published and unpublished preprints, reprints, abstracts, and drafts of articles on the use of psychotropic substances as a therapeutic agent. It also includes book chapters, letters to the editor, and conference presentations.

Pahnke, Walter N. "Psychedelic Drugs and Mystical Experience," International Psychiatry Clinics. Vol. 5, No. 4 (reprint), 1969

 Item — Box: 9, Folder: 4
Identifier: MSP 1, Series 3, Sub-Series 2, File 16, Item 25
Scope and Contents From the Sub-Series: Includes published and unpublished preprints, reprints, abstracts, and drafts of articles on the use of psychotropic substances as a therapeutic agent. It also includes book chapters, letters to the editor, and conference presentations.

Pahnke, Walter N. "The Psychedelic Mystical Experience in the Human Encounter with Death," Harvard Theological Review. Vol. 62, No. 1 (reprint), January 1969

 Item — Box: 9, Folder: 4
Identifier: MSP 1, Series 3, Sub-Series 2, File 16, Item 24
Scope and Contents From the Sub-Series: Includes published and unpublished preprints, reprints, abstracts, and drafts of articles on the use of psychotropic substances as a therapeutic agent. It also includes book chapters, letters to the editor, and conference presentations.

Pahnke, Walter. "The Contribution of the Psychology of Religion to the Therapeutic Use of the Psychedelic Substances." (photocopy), 1960

 Item — Box: 9, Folder: 4
Identifier: MSP 1, Series 3, Sub-Series 2, File 16, Item 20
Scope and Contents From the Sub-Series: Includes published and unpublished preprints, reprints, abstracts, and drafts of articles on the use of psychotropic substances as a therapeutic agent. It also includes book chapters, letters to the editor, and conference presentations.

Pahnke, Walter. "The Mystical And/Or Religious Element in the Psychedelic Experience." (photocopy), 1967

 Item — Box: 9, Folder: 4
Identifier: MSP 1, Series 3, Sub-Series 2, File 16, Item 22
Scope and Contents From the Sub-Series: Includes published and unpublished preprints, reprints, abstracts, and drafts of articles on the use of psychotropic substances as a therapeutic agent. It also includes book chapters, letters to the editor, and conference presentations.

Pahnke, Walter. "The Psychedelic Mystical Experience in the Human Encounter with Death," Presented at Harvard University (photocopy), June 12, 1968

 Item — Box: 9, Folder: 4
Identifier: MSP 1, Series 3, Sub-Series 2, File 16, Item 23
Scope and Contents From the Sub-Series: Includes published and unpublished preprints, reprints, abstracts, and drafts of articles on the use of psychotropic substances as a therapeutic agent. It also includes book chapters, letters to the editor, and conference presentations.

"Psychedelic Therapy (Utilizing LSD) with Cancer Patients." Based on a presentation originally made by Dr. Pahnke at the American Psychiatric Association Meeting in Detroit, May 11, 1967

 Item — Box: 6, Folder: 2
Identifier: MSP 70, Series 4, File 2, Item 8
Scope and Contents From the Series: Contains manuscripts and undated manuscripts documenting Savage’s research, as well as miscellaneous manuscripts possibly created by Savage, his patients, or his colleagues. Materials are arranged chronologically when possible. Undated materials are arranged alphabetically by the author’s last name.

William Richards papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSP 67
Abstract The William Richards papers is a collection of articles and article reprints by William Richards. The articles discuss the use of LSD, DPT, psilocybin, and other entheogens for treating cancer patients and alcoholism, as well as for the study of religious and spiritual experiences. There is also a CD of a Sixty Minutes interview concerning LSD with Richards and a summary of the interview written by Richards.

Scholarly writings, 1963-1971

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: Folder 1
Scope and Contents Summary of the thesis: Drugs and Mysticism An Analysis of the Relationship between Psychedelic Drug Experiences and the Mystical State of Consciousness by Walter Pahnke, 1963 “Drugs and Mysticism” by Walter Pahnke, 1966 “The Psychedelic Mystical Experience in the Human Encounter with Death” by Walter N. Pahnke, 1969 “The Experimental Use of Psychedelic (LSD) Psychotherapy” by Walter N. Pahnke, Albert A. Kurland, Sanford Unger, Charles Savage, and Stanislav Grof, 1970 “The Use of...

"The Experimental Use of Psychedelic (LSD) Psychotherapy" by Walter N. Pahnke, Albert A. Kurland, Sanford Unger, Charles Savage, and Stanislav Grof, 1970

 Item — Box: 1, Folder: 1
Identifier: MSP 69, File 1, Item 5
Scope and Contents From the Collection: The Sanford Unger papers contains several articles concerning the effects of psychedelic drugs on alcoholics and individuals suffering from neurotic disorders, as well as the implication of those drugs on religious visions and mysticism. The collection also documents the correspondence between Aldous and Laura Huxley and Sanford Unger, as well as a DVD and VHS of "LSD: The Spring Grove Experiment."

"The Experimental Use of Psychedelic (LSD) Psychotherapy," International Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, Therapy, and Toxicocology, Vol. 4, 1971

 Item — Box: 1, Folder: 2
Identifier: MSP 1, Series 1, Sub-Series 2, Item 51
Scope and Contents Co-authored with Walter Pahnke, A.A. Kurland, Sanford Unger, and Charles Savage.

The R. M. Bucke Memorial Society for the Study of Religious Experience, Third Annual Conference with talks by Walter Pahnke and Charles Savage, 1967

 Item — Box: 1, Folder: 8
Identifier: MSP 72, File 5, Item 1
Scope and Contents From the Collection: The Marlene Dobkin de Rios papers contains correspondence, biographical clippings, papers, conference materials, and article reprint request cards and documents de Rios' professional involvement with anthropological research on hallucinogens.

Tjio, J. H., W. N. Pahnke, and A. A. Kurland. "Pre- and Post-LSD Chromosomal Aberrations: A Comparative Study." (photocopy), undated

 Item — Box: 11, Folder: 2
Identifier: MSP 1, Series 3, Sub-Series 2, File 19, Item 24
Scope and Contents From the Sub-Series: Includes published and unpublished preprints, reprints, abstracts, and drafts of articles on the use of psychotropic substances as a therapeutic agent. It also includes book chapters, letters to the editor, and conference presentations.