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THE BIOGRAPHICAL DICTIONARY OF PARAPSYCHOLOGY

HUMPHRY OSMOND

Psychiatrist. B. July 1, 1917, Milford, Surrey, England. M.R.C.S., L.R.C.P., 1942; diploma in psychological medicine, 1949; certficate in psychiatry, 1952, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, Canada. M. 1947, Amy Edith Roffey: 2 d. Qualified in medicine, 1942, Guy's Hospital, London; surgeon lieutenant, Royal Navy, 1942-47 (specialist in neuropsychiatry, command psychiatrist, Military Hospital, Malta, 1945-47); Neurology Department, Guy's Hosptial, London, 1948; first assistant, Department of Psychological Medicine, St. George's Hospital, London, 1949-51; clinical director, 1951-53, physician superintendent and director of research, 1953-1961, Saskatchewan Hospital, Weyburn, Canada; currently director of the Bureau of Research in Neurology and Psychiatry for the State of New Jersey. Member: British Medical Assn., Canadian Psychiatric Assn. (editorial staff, Canadian Psychiatric Assn. Journal); Group for Advancement of Psychiatry; Collegium International, Neuro-Psychopharmacology; Saskatchewan Psychiatric Assn. (president, 1958).

Dr. Osmond is co-author with Dr. Abram Hoffer (q.v.) of the book The Chemical Basis of Clinical Psychiatry (1960) and a contributor to such publications as the Journal of Mental Science and the Annals of the New York Academy of Medicine. He is a consultant to the American Psychiatric Assn. and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania on psychiatric-hospital design, a subject on which he has lectured at the Columbia University (New York) School of Public Health.

Particularly interested in psychedelics, the study o the manifestations of the human mind as aided by the use of pharmacological substances, Dr. Osmond presented the paper "Analogues of Mediumship and Their Bearing on Parapsychology" at the Conference of Parapsychology and Psychedelics in 1958 in New York, and was co-chairman with Dr. Emilio Servadio (q.v.) of the Conference on Parapsychology and Pharmacology in 1959 at St. Paul de Vence, France. He has also explored the relationship between imagery and mediumship and imagery and telepathy, and the application of psychedelics in this area.

Dr. Osmond's articles on related subjects include "A Call for Imagination Theory" (International Journal of Parapsychology, Autumn 1959) and, with Dr. Robert Sommer (q.v.), "Studies in Precognition" (International Journal of Parapsychology, Summer 1960). Address: Box 1000, Princeton, New Jersey.


Taken from Helene Pleasants (1964) Biographical Dictionary of Parapsychology with Directory and Glossary 1946-1996 NY: Garrett Publications


 
 

 

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