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Ungerleider JT, Tisher DD.
Medical Digest. 1967;13:33-37, 40-42.
One of the most powerful drugs available today is d-lysergic acid diethylamide tartrate, commonly called LSD 25 or, by users, "acid," or "L". It would be extremely difficult to provide a comprehensive picture of the drug itself, without taking into account the controversies its very existence has engendered; and "LSD hysteria" seems to have engulfed everyone. There has been so much written and aired about LSD, a great deal of which has been seductive publicity, that misinformation is widespread, and the highly vocal nature of both protagonists and detractors has served to further becloud the facts. For example, the authors have received literature which claims that all LSD use in the United States is a communist plot. Letters have also been received warning the God will strike dead anyone who does not recommend LSD to everyone. LSD was a political issue in the recent California Governor's race. The drug has been implicated in everything from police brutality to the Vietnam situation. "Belivers" insist that it offers instant happiness, instant creativity in art or music, and an instant shortcut to fame and acclaim for architects and those engaged in similar professions. This testimony vies with that of the total disclaimers who insist that LSD is more dangerous than heroin, that it should be outlawed completely, including research, and that all proponents such as Doctor Timothy Leary should be prevented from speaking or even from advertising in newpapers.
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