Erowid References Database
“Latest LSD Charge: forcible air force experiments”.
Med World News. 1975;16(24):22-23.
A Senate probe of federally supported human experimentation has put the reputation of a pioneer LSD researcher under a cloud.Dr. Amedeo S. Marrazzi, best known by his scientific colleagues forhis studies with animals in the 1950s, was accused, at a recent joint hearing held by two U.S. Senate subcommíttees, of having "devastated² a young psychiatric patient with LSD in an Air Force-funded clinical experiment in 1965. His accuser, Mary Ray of Edgewater,Md.,saidtthe patient- an 18 year-old girl being treated for a "personality disorder" at the University of Minnesota hospital where Mrs. Ray worked as a psychometrist-"definitely did not wànt to be part of the experiment.² I saw her as they were taking her in, and she said she won't go, and they said- 'Yes, you will,"' -Mrs. Ray told the Senate subcommittees on health and on administrative practice and procedure. "There was an aide on her arm restraining her,and an orderly on another...There was no doctor there." When she next saw the patient, about an hour or two later, "she was totally disintegrated; she was absolutely psychotic," said Mrs. Ray. "She was for like four days mute, and you could not get through to her in any way." Dr. Marrazzi, now in his seventies and retired, was not present during the denunciation. According to Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.), chairman of both subcommittees, testimony like Mrs. Ray's-along with other stories of abuse of human subjects in federally supported LSD research-justifies putting all federally supported research, "no matter where it is conducted or by whom," under the purview of the National Commission for the Protection of Human Subjects of Biomedical and Behavioral Research. The commission now reviews only HEW-funded human research.
[ Cite HTML