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Silver, A.S., M.D. (2019). Towards a New Chestnut Lodge. Contemp. Psychoanal., 55(1-2):45-60.

(2019). Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 55(1-2):45-60

Towards a New Chestnut Lodge

Ann-Louise S. Silver, M.D.

The author, who was a staff psychiatrist at Chestnut Lodge from 1976 until it closed in 2001, reflects on the history of the Lodge and her experience working with psychotic patients. This spanned a period when the Lodge moved from treating schizophrenic patients without psychotropics to the current age of medication. The author makes a case for the earlier Lodge treatment model and questions the extensive use of anti-psychotic medication that she believes stalls the psychoanalytic project and—as current research is showing—may have a negative effect on the patient’s neurobiology. She imagines a return to the Lodge’s earlier days.

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