Original Airdate: 5/30/1974
Administration of drugs
Drugs - Testing
Imprisonment - Psychological aspects
Public Affairs: Current Events
Chorover, Dr. Stephan L.
Rodman, Rev. Edward
Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Norfolk - Norfolk - Massachusetts
Program focuses on the surgical and psychotropic research being proposed (and in some cases, implemented) to curb violent tendencies via the testing of prison inmates. Host Topper Carew speaks with inmates of the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Norfolk and two groups of professionals in two separate interviews: the first with Rev. Edward Rodman (of the Episcopal Diocese of Boston) and Professor Stephan L. Chorover (of the MIT Psychology Department) to discuss "psychosurgery"; the second with Arnold Coles (Chairman of the National Prisoners Reform Association) and Richard Clapp (formerly with the Prison Health Project) to discuss drug experimentation. Discussion topics included reactions to the theory of dysfunction in the brain as a source of violent behavior, whether surgery is necessary to remedy behavior, what the political implications of surgery are, what diseases "pyschosurgery" is justified for, what the ethics of "psychosurgery" are, and how drug companies end up doing much of their experimentation in prisons.
Dr. Stephan L. Chorover
Rev. Edward Rodman
Henry Johnson (filmmaker)
Huntley Nicholas, Jr. (film sound)
Dighton Spooner (researcher)
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