Osmond, Humphrey (Fortescue)
(1917– )
Psychiatrist who studied psychedelics and parapsychology.
He was born July 1, 1917, at Milford, Surrey, England. He studied
at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, Canada,
receiving a certificate in psychiatry in 1952; Guy’s Hospital,
London, England, receiving a M.R.C.S. and L.R.C.P. in 1942;
and St. George’s Hospital, London receiving a diploma in psychological
medicine in 1949. During World War II, Osmond
served as a surgeon lieutenant in the Royal Navy (1942–47),
and afterward served in various positions in hospitals in London.
In 1953, he moved to Canada as a physician superintendent
and director of research (1953–61) at Saskatchewan Hospital,
Weyburn, Canada. In 1961, he became the director of the
Bureau of Research in Neurology and Psychiatry for the State
of New Jersey.
In the 1950s, Osmond became interested in psychedelics,
the study of mental activities and states of consciousness in relation
to drugs and other pharmacological substances. His research
then veered into parapsychology and the study of imagery
in mediumship. He authored papers and books from his
two decades of research. He was co-chairman with Emilio Servadio
at the Conference on Parapsychology and Pharmacology
held in 1959 at St. Paul de Vence, France.
Sources
Osmond, Humphrey. ‘‘A Call for Imaginative Theory.’’ International
Journal of Parapsychology (Autumn 1959).
Osmond, Humphrey, and Abram Hoffer. The Chemical Basis
of Clinical Psychiatry. Springfield, Ill. Thomas, 1960.
Osmond, Humphrey, and Abram Hoffer. The Hallucinogens.
New York Academic Press, 1967.
Osmond, Humphrey, and Bernard Aaronson, eds. Psychedelics
The Uses and Implications of Hallucinogenic Drugs. Cambridge,
Mass. Schenkman, 1971.
Osmond, Humphrey, H. Yaker, and F. Cheek. The Future of
Time Man’s Temporal Environment. Garden City, N.Y. Doubleday,
1971.
Pleasants, Helene, ed. Biographical Dictionary of Parapsychology.
New York Helix Press, 1964.

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