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.
- January 9, 1967
- Hoffer, Abram (Person)
Language of Materials
Collection material is in English.
This collection is open for research.
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Abram Hoffer was born November 11, 1917 on a farm in southern Saskatchewan, Canada. He earned his BS in 1938 and his MS in 1940 from the University of Saskatchewan; he then completed his PhD in 1944 from the University of Minnesota and his MD in 1945 from the University of Toronto. Upon the completion of his degrees, Hoffer took a position as Director of Psychiatric Research in the Psychiatric Services Branch, Department of Public Health, Saskatchewan. While Hoffer was serving as director, Dr. Humphry Osmond joined the team in 1951 and brought with him the M Hypothesis that he and John Smythies formulated. The M hypothesis of schizophrenia is the idea that sufferers of the disease had a chemical with the psychological properties of mescaline that was somehow related to adrenaline. Later, Hoffer’s team developed the Andrenochrome Hypothesis, which states that adrenaline was oxidized to adrenochrome causing schizophrenia. The team also deduced that large doses of vitamins B-3 and C could be therapeutic; the hypothesis was tested on schizophrenics, and Hoffer asserts that they saw wonderful progress in several patients. He and Osmond published Chemical Concepts of Psychiatry (1960) and Hallucinogens (1967), and both contributed to Clinical and Other Uses of the Hoffer-Osmond Diagnostic Test (1975). Hoffer later concentrated his research on nutrition in the 1970s and published How to Live with Schizophrenia (1978), Orthomolecular Nutrition (1978), and Nutrients to Age Without Senility (1980). In 1976, Hoffer moved to Victoria where he practiced psychiatry; he became a founding member and president of the Senior Physicians Association of British Columbia. On May 27, 2009, Hoffer passed away from a brief illness. Sources: "Abram Hoffer." Encyclopedia of Occultism and Parapsychology. Detroit: Gale, 2001. Gale Biography In Context. Web. 9 Dec. 2011. http://ic.galegroup.com/ic/bic1/ReferenceDetailsPage/ReferenceDetailsWindow?displayGroupName=Reference&disableHighlighting=false&prodId=BIC1&action=e&windowstate=normal&catId=&documentId=GALE%7CK1656000767&mode=view Hoffer, Abram. “Dr. Hoffer’s Autobiography.” Orthomolecular.org. 9 December 2011. http://orthomolecular.org/history/hoffer/index.shtml
0.20 Cubic Feet (One half-width letter size manuscript box.)
This collection contains one letter from Abram Hoffer to Ralph Metzner, in which Hoffer gives Metzner permission to use his Berkely LSD paper.
Material is arranged chronologically.
Purchased from Michael Horowitz of Flashback Books, June 1, 2011.
- Abram Hoffer correspondence
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- Third edition. Collection description was first completed December 2, 2011.