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George Greer papers


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MDMA Research Materials

Case Reports

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George Greer papers, 1980-1986 | Purdue University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections

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Collection Overview

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Predominant Dates:1980-1986

Primary Creator: Greer, George (active 1983)

Extent: 0.2 Cubic feet

Date Acquired: 02/26/2009

Subjects: Ecstasy (Drug), Hallucinogenic drugs--Therapeutic use, Merritt Peralta Medical Center (Oakland, Calif.), Psychiatry, Psychoactive Substances Research Collection at Purdue University., Psychology, Psychotherapy

Forms of Material: Articles, Notes, Reports

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The George Greer papers (1980-1986; 0.2 cubic feet) documents his research on MDMA. The collection contains a questionnaire, article, notes, graphs, and several case reports on his research subjects. The case studies are transcriptions from handwritten notes on the 29 subjects who are mentioned in Greer’s published papers. According to Greer, there are approximately 50 handwritten reports on other subjects still in his possession, which may be donated in the future.

Collection Historical Note

George Greer completed his undergraduate work at Vassar College and received his M.D. from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston in 1976. Between his third and fourth year of medical school, he attended a six week seminar at Esalen Institute lead by Dr. Stanislav Grof. Greer speaks of his experiences at Esalen, “This training with internationally respected authorities in the subject using altered states of consciousness in psychotherapy convinced me that the field had a great untapped potential for psychiatry.” Greer completed his psychiatric residency with the San Mateo County Mental Health Services in California and later worked for the Sangre de Cristo Community Mental Health Services. From 1980 to 1985, Greer and his wife, Requa Tolbert, conducted over 100 MDMA therapeutic sessions for 80 individuals; this is the largest published study of the use of MDMA in a therapeutic setting. He served as President of the Psychiatric Medical Association of New Mexico and was the Clinical Director of Mental Health Services for the New Mexico Corrections Department. Greer is the Co-Founder, Medical Director, and Secretary of the Heffter Institute, as well as a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. His publications include Therapeutic Uses of MDMA, “Acute Psychological and Neurophysiological Effects of MDMA in Humans,” and “A Method of Conducting Therapeutic Sessions with MDMA.”


“Our Board of Directors.” Heffter Research Institute. September 16, 2011. http://www.heffter.org/board-greer.htm

Greer, George. “Testimony of George Greer, M. D. in DEA Hearing on Scheduling of MDMA Under the Controlled Substances Act.” 1985.

Subject/Index Terms

Ecstasy (Drug)
Hallucinogenic drugs--Therapeutic use
Merritt Peralta Medical Center (Oakland, Calif.)
Psychoactive Substances Research Collection at Purdue University.

Administrative Information

Repository: Purdue University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections

Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

Acquisition Source: Donation

Preferred Citation: MSP 66, George Greer papers, Archives and Special Collections, Purdue University Libraries

Processing Information: All materials have been placed in archival housing.

Other URL: http://collections.lib.purdue.edu/fa/pdf/greer_g.pdf

Box and Folder Listing

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[Folder 1: MDMA Research Materials, 1980-1986],
[Folder 2: Case Reports, undated],