Sunday, March 18
Leonard Roy Frank lectures on “The Psychiatric-Pharmaceutical-Electroshock Complex”
Brave New Books, 1904 Guadalupe

In 1963 psychiatrists labeled Leonard Roy Frank a “paranoid schizophrenic” and forced him to undergo 50 insulincomas and 35 electroshocks. These procedures destroyed much of his memory and knowledge, some of which he regained during the following six years through intensive study and reading. In 1974 he co-founded the San Francisco/Berkeley-based Network Against Psychiatric Assault, an organization of survivors dedicated to ending all forms of psychiatric abuse, including forced drugging, electroshock, psychosurgery, involuntary commitment (including outpatient commitment), and restraints. In 1978 he edited and published The History of Shock Treatment. Feral House published his Influencing Minds: A Reader in Quotations in 1995. Three years later, he edited Random House Webster’s Quotationary (20,000+ quotations in 1,000+ alphabetically arranged categories) and since then Random House has published 7 smaller collections of his quotations. Last June he published on the Internet The Electroshock Quotationary, 154 pages of chronologically-arranged quotations about ECT by survivors, opponents and proponents. The book may be downloaded free of charge at the CAEST (The Coalition for the Abolition of Electroshock in Texas) website - (Born in Brooklyn in 1932; graduated from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School; has lived in San Francisco since 1959)