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George Greer papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSP 66

Scope and Contents

The George Greer papers documents his research on MDMA. The collection contains a questionnaire, article, notes, graphs, and several case reports on his research subjects. The case studies are transcriptions from handwritten notes on the 29 subjects who are mentioned in Greer’s published papers. According to Greer, there are approximately 50 handwritten reports on other subjects still in his possession, which may be donated in the future.


  • 1980-1986


Language of Materials

Collection material is in English.

Access Information

The collection is open for research.

Copyright and Use Information

Copyright held by George Greer for life.

Biographical Information

George Greer completed his undergraduate work at Vassar College and received his M.D. from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston in 1976. Between his third and fourth year of medical school, he attended a six week seminar at Esalen Institute lead by Dr. Stanislav Grof. Greer speaks of his experiences at Esalen, “This training with internationally respected authorities in the subject using altered states of consciousness in psychotherapy convinced me that the field had a great untapped potential for psychiatry.” Greer completed his psychiatric residency with the San Mateo County Mental Health Services in California and later worked for the Sangre de Cristo Community Mental Health Services. From 1980 to 1985, Greer and his wife, Requa Tolbert, conducted over 100 MDMA therapeutic sessions for 80 individuals; this is the largest published study of the use of MDMA in a therapeutic setting. He served as President of the Psychiatric Medical Association of New Mexico and was the Clinical Director of Mental Health Services for the New Mexico Corrections Department. Greer is the Co-Founder, Medical Director, and Secretary of the Heffter Institute, as well as a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. His publications include Therapeutic Uses of MDMA, “Acute Psychological and Neurophysiological Effects of MDMA in Humans,” and “A Method of Conducting Therapeutic Sessions with MDMA.” Sources: “Our Board of Directors.” Heffter Research Institute. September 16, 2011. Greer, George. “Testimony of George Greer, M. D. in DEA Hearing on Scheduling of MDMA Under the Controlled Substances Act.” 1985.


0.20 Cubic Feet (One half-width legal-size manuscript box)


Collection arranged by subject.

Acquisition Information

Collection material donated by George Greer, February 26, 2009.
George Greer papers
Under Review
Kristin Leaman and Serena Potter
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
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Edition statement
Second edition. Collection description was first completed August 2011.

Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

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