Leonard Roy Frank
Leonard Roy Frank (born July 15, 1932, in New York) is an American human rights activist, psychiatric survivor, editor, writer, aphorist, and lecturer. Since 1959 he has lived in San Francisco, where he managed an art gallery before he began collecting great quotations. (It was Leonard Roy Frank who discovered notable artist G. Mark Mulleian in 1969 and displayed his work at the Frank gallery.)
Leonard was a graduate of the Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania. He then served in the US Army and later, sold real estate. In 1962 in San Francisco, Leonard was committed to a psychiatric hospital for being 'paranoid schizophrenic' and given insulin shock treatments and dozens of ECT treatments.
Of ECT, Mr. Frank has written: "Over the last thirty-five years I have researched the various shock procedures, particularly electroshock or ECT, have spoken with hundreds of ECT survivors, and have corresponded with many others. From all these sources and my own experience, I have concluded that ECT is a brutal, dehumanizing, memory-destroying, intelligence lowering, brain-damaging, brainwashing, life-threatening technique."
Peter Lehmann, the first survivor of psychiatry in the world to be honored with an honorary degree for pioneering achievements within the realm of humanistic antipsychiatry, called Leonard Frank as one of the important people who helped to develop the theory and practice of humanistic antipsychiatry and mentioned him in his “Expression of Gratitude on the Occasion of the Award of an Honorary Doctoral Degree by the School of Psychology of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece), September 28, 2010”.
A published author, Leonard has compiled numerous books of quotes and passages, as well as writing about his own experiences.
- The History of Shock Treatment (1978). ISBN 0-9601376-1-0
- Influencing Minds: A Reader in Quotations (1994). Feral House. ISBN 978-0-922915-25-5
- Electroschock (1996). In Peter Lehmann, Schöne neue Psychiatrie, Vol. 1: Wie Chemie und Strom auf Geist und Psyche wirken (pp. 287-319). Berlin: Antipsychiatrieverlag. ISBN 978-3-925931-09-3.
- Random House Webster's Quotationary (1998). Random House. ISBN 0-679-44850-0
- Random House Webster's Wit and Humor Quotationary (2003). Random House. ISBN 0-375-70931-2
- Freedom: Quotes and Passages from the World's Greatest Freethinkers (2003)
- Electroshock: The Case Against (2005). (With Robert F. Morgan, Peter Breggin, John Friedberg, Berton Roueche, Bertram Karon). IPI Publishing. ISBN 0-920702-82-1
- Wit: The Greatest Things Ever Said (2009). Random House
- Inspiration: The Greatest Things Ever Said (2009). Random House
- The Electroshock Quotationary
- Love Quotes: 300 Sayings and Poems.
-  Dedication, Mulleian Website
-  Leonard Roy Frank's Testimony before the NY State Assembly, May 19, 2001
-  Mouthmag #80, 'Metamorphosis, Interrupted'
-  Pushbutton Psychiatry: A History of Electroshock in America, by Timothy W. Kneeland and Carol A. B. Warren (2002)
- Doctors of Deception by Linda Andre, Rutgers University Press, 2009
- Lecture given on the occasion of the awarding of an Honorary Doctoral Degree on September 28, 2010 by the School of Psychology of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki