August 15, 2013


Please note that we have posted today on our website under “Archives” in the “Gershon Collection”: “Discoveries and their trajectories –Psychopharmacological specificity of the lithium ion,” and “Lithium – discovered, forgotten and rediscovered”; and in the “Ban collection”: “Paranoia historical development of the diagnostic concept – An unexplored area of research in neuropsychopharmacology,” “Presidents of CINP,” and “CINP and its past.”         

We posted also Samuel Gershon’s “Comments” on Martin Katz’s monograph on Depression and Drugs. The Neurobehavioral Structure of a Psychological Storm. (See, “Books”).

Additionally, you will find posted on our website (

Publications (First Hand Accounts):Discoveries in Biological Psychiatry,” edited by Frank J. Ayd, Jr. and Barry Blackwell; The Psychopharmacologists,” interviews by David Healy; The History of Psychopharmacology and the Story of the CINP as Told in Autobiography” (5 volumes), edited by Thomas A. Ban, David Healy and Edward Shorter; “An Oral History of Neuropsychopharmacology” (10 volumes), edited by Thomas A. Ban; References to the reviews of “An Oral History of Neuropsychopharmacology” by Aitor Castillo, and by Xénia Gonda.

Drug Inventory (Project 2): “Methylphenidate” by Eric Konofal.

Profiles (Project 4):”Frank Ayd” by Barry Blackwell, “Frank Berger” by Thomas Ban, “John Cade” by Samuel Gershon, “Edmundo Fischer”  by Edith Serfaty, “Horsley Gantt” by Thomas Ban,  “Nathan S. Kline” by Barry Blackwell, “Roland Kuhn” by Thomas Ban,  “Leo H. Sternbach” by Thomas Ban, and Edward Trautner” by Samuel Gershon.  

Controversies (Project 5):A Distinguished but Controversial Career - Jose Manuel Rodriguez Delgado” by Barry Blackwell; The Q-T interval and the Mellaril story: a cautionary tale” by Edward Shorter; Comments on Shorter’s “The Q-T interval and the Mellaril story” by Peter Martin.

Textbook (Project 6): “The birth of neuropsychopharmacology” by Thomas Ban; “Endocrine psychiatry in historical perspective” by Edward Shorter.

Books (Publications – Project 8): Thomas A. Ban’s Psychopharmacology; Thomas A. Ban’s Depression and the Tricyclic Antidepressants;  Per Bech’s Clinical Psychometrics;  Comments on Bech’s  Clinical Psychometrics by Martin Katz; Martin. M. Katz’s Depression and Drugs.  The Neurobehavioral Structure  of a Psychological Storm.  

Previews (Project 10): “Preface” to Towards Personalized Treatment of Depression, by Thomas A. Ban; Comments on Ban’s “Preface” by Martin M. Katz.

Archives (Project 12): Announcements of Earlier Postings on: May 23, 30, June 6, 13, 20, 27, July 4, 11, 18 & 25, August 1, 8, 2013; and “Lehmann and Ban’s ECDEU Progress Report 1961-1963.” 

International Network for the History of Neuropsychopharmacology