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LSD Testing in the 1950s

January-February 2015

In the first half of the 1950s, Henry Beecher of Harvard Medical School oversaw a series of experiments, sponsored by the U.S. Army Research Council, that were designed to test “truth sera” using various drugs, including LSD. The drugs were tested on volunteers, some of them Harvard students. Now Beecher professor of anesthesia James Rathmell is preparing an historical article on Beecher and his research. If you—or anyone you know—volunteered for Beecher’s experiments, Rathmell would like to hear from you: [email protected]. Confidentiality will be assured for those who wish it.

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After graduating from the College in 1861, Holmes obtained a commission as first lieutenant in the Twentieth Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, known as the “Harvard Regiment.”

Photograph courtesy of the Harvard Law School Library, Historical & Special Collections

Justice Holmes, presented by Stephen Budiansky and Lincoln Caplan

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Poster courtesy of Dumbarton Oaks Archives Ephemera Collection (AR.EP.PS.0669)

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Illustration by Mark Steele

Headlines from Harvard’s history

After graduating from the College in 1861, Holmes obtained a commission as first lieutenant in the Twentieth Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, known as the “Harvard Regiment.”

Photograph courtesy of the Harvard Law School Library, Historical & Special Collections

Justice Holmes, presented by Stephen Budiansky and Lincoln Caplan

Click on arrow at right to see full image
Poster courtesy of Dumbarton Oaks Archives Ephemera Collection (AR.EP.PS.0669)

Long live long books, the “Diploma Riots,” supporting young scholars