Leston Havens

With a prior residency in internal medicine at New York Hospital Havens conducted research in neurology and pharmacology upon his arrival at Massachusetts Mental Health Center. It was his educated opinion that the long-term outcome and side effects of drug therapy were generally not known for years. Like Semrad, he did not believe that there was a benefit to wiping out an individuals ability to experience feelings. He did believe people needed to be able to sleep and to lessen symptoms while they received the appropriate therapy. It was discouraging to him to see the increased use of medications to shorten in-patient stays and reduce the use of psychotherapy. (credit here)

Pills

Look at psychiatry in America today, all these little diseases. This is complete nonsense and furthermore financing large pharmaceutical operations, to give people medication when we don’t really know what the drugs really do. Sometimes drugs can be helpful. They have civilized the wards to some extent, but as the major part of the work, that is terrible, I think. Prozac will soon be a leading drug of addiction, as we have already had a number like Ritalin.” Havens 1995, unpublished interview

Havens, LL: Symposium on recent tranquilizing agents. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 122:398, 1955 (this is labeled as Havens MA Society, journal article in Dropbox)

Havens, LL; Sileli, S; DiMascio, A; Boling, L and Goldfein, A: Catecholamine responses to electrically induced convulsions in man. Biological Psychiatry edited by JM Masserman. New York: Grune and Stratton, 1959, pp 120-129.

Havens, LL; Sileli, S; DiMascio, A; Boling, L and Goldfein, A: Catecholamine responses to electrically induced convulsions in man. Journal of Mental Science, 105, pp 821-829, 1959

Klerman, G; DiMascio, A; Havens, LL and Snell, J: Sedation and tranquilization. Archives of General Psychiatry, 3:4-13, 1960 (Contact the journal website or the Countway History of Medicine Library to access article)

Bullard, DM; Hoffman, B and Havens, LL: The relative value of tranquilizing drugs and social and psychological therapies in chronic schizophrenia. Psychiatric Quarterly, 35:293-306, 1960

Goldfein, A; Moore, R; Zileli, S; Havens, LL; Boling, L and Thorn, GW: Plasma epinephrine and norepinephrine levels during insulin-induced hypoglycemia in men. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, 3:296-304, 1961

DiMascio, A; Havens, LL and Snell, JR: A comparison of four phenothiamine derivatives: a preliminary report on the assessment of chlorpromasine, promethazine, perphenazine, and trifluoperazine. Volume III of Recent Advances in Biological Psychiatry edited by J Wortis. New York: Grune and Stratton, 1961, pp 68-76 (Contact the journal website or The Center for The History of Medicine, The Countway Library Harvard Medical School, Boston MA, USA)

DiMascio, A; Havens, LL and Klerman, GL: The psychopharmacology of phenothiazine compounds: a comparative study of the effects of chlorpromazine, promethazine, trifluoperazine, and perphenazine in normal males. I: Introduction, aims and methods. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 136:15-28, 1963

Havens, LL: Problems with the use of drugs in the psychotherapy of psychotic patients. Psychiatry, 26:289-296, 1963 (Contact the journal website or The Center for The History of Medicine, The Countway Library Harvard Medical School, Boston MA, USA)

DiMascio, A; Havens, LL and Klerman, GL: The psychopharmacology of phenothiazine compounds: a comparative study of the effects of chlorpromazine, promethazine, trifluoperazine, and perphenazine in normal males. II: Results and discussion. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 136:168-186, 1963

Havens, LL: Some difficulties in giving schizophrenic and borderline patients medication. Psychiatry,31(1):44-50, 1968

Havens, LL: Interaction of drug administration with psychotherapy. Clinical Handbook of Psychopharmacology edited by Dimascio and Shader. New York: Science House, 1970, pp 311-319 (Contact the journal website or The Center for The History of Medicine, The Countway Library Harvard Medical School, Boston MA, USA)

Weiden, P and Havens, L: Psychotherapeutic management techniques in the treatment of outpatients with schizophrenia, Hospital and Community Psychiatry, 45: 549-555, 1994