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Ketamine / Dan Piepenbring

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You have really open minded medical professionals, psychiatrists, doctors, who absolutely want to use [ketamine] to help people and are studying the best ways to do that. They're doing that in the more conventional ways, writing peer reviewed papers in the literature and in less conventional ways, just thinking how can we step outside of the medical industrial complex and use these substances to help people heal, and maybe even redefine what healing is so that it's not this symptom-based thing.

Dan Piepenbring on his Baffler article, "K-Pop: Our forefathers did dissociatives." Dan is the New Books columnist for Harper’s and the co-author, with Tom O’Neill, of CHAOS: Charles Manson, the CIA, and the Secret History of the Sixties. He’s currently working on a book about ketamine. "Rotten History" and "The Moment of Truth" follow the interview.

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Dan Piepenbring

Dan Piepenbring is a writer and editor in New York. He is working on a book about ketamine and dissociative anesthetics for Farrar, Straus and Giroux. He is currently the New Books columnist for Harper's.