Alan A. Stone
|Born||August 15, 1929|
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
|Died||January 23, 2022 (aged 92)|
Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.
|Alma mater||Harvard University (BS)|
Yale University (MD)
|Main interests||Ethics, Violence, Mental health|
|Notable works||Law, Psychiatry, and Morality|
Alan Abraham Stone (August 15, 1929 – January 23, 2022) was an American psychiatrist who was the Touroff-Glueck Professor of Law and Psychiatry Emeritus at Harvard Law School. His writing and teaching has focused on professional medical ethics, issues at the intersection of law and psychiatry, and the topic of violence in both law and in psychiatry. Stone served as president of the American Psychiatric Association. He also served for a number of years as the film critic for the Boston Review.
He graduated from Harvard College in 1950, where he majored in psychology and played on the Varsity Football team. He studied at the Boston Psychoanalytic Institute and earned his M.D. from Yale Medical School in 1955. He pursued his joint interest in the intersection of law, psychology, and psychiatry first as a lecturer at Harvard Law School in 1969, and later through a joint appointment with Harvard Medical School in 1972. In 1978, he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship. He later lectured at Stanford before returning to Harvard.
Stone married Sue Smart, with whom he had three children, Karen, David, and Douglas. Karen died in 1988, and Sue died in 1996. He was later romantically involved with Laura Maslow-Armand, to the end of his life, though they never married.
Stone's work often explores the intersection between psychiatry, ethics, and law. He wrote about decisions in psychotherapy in managed care, and about psychiatric treatment of oppressed minorities such as the Falun Gong and Soviet Jews. In 2002, he asserted that it was time for psychiatry in the Western countries to reconsider accounts of political abuse of psychiatry in the USSR and in China.
Stone believed that Andrei Snezhnevsky was wrongly condemned by critics. According to Stone, one of the first points made by Soviet psychiatrists condemned for unethical political abuse of psychiatry, was that the revolution is the greatest good for the greatest number, the greatest piece of social justice, and the greatest beneficence imaginable in the twentieth century. In the Western view, the ethical compass of Soviet psychiatrists began to wander when they acted in the service of this greatest beneficence.
He was against the use of psychiatry as a political driver, and the use of psychiatric expert testimony. The only time he ever served as an expert psychiatric witness was in mock trials of Shakespeare's Hamlet conducted by United States Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. The trials were an exercise in the use of insanity defense, and Stone served as prosecution witness, showing that Hamlet was sane when he murdered Polonius.
- Movies and the Moral Adventure of Life (2007)
- Law, Psychiatry, and Morality: Essays and Analysis (1984)
- The Abnormal Personality Through Literature (1966)
- The Ethical Boundaries of Forensic Psychiatry: A View from the Ivory Tower (1984) 
- A model state law on civil commitment of the mentally ill. (1983) 
- Law, science, and psychiatric malpractice: a response to Klerman's indictment of psychoanalytic psychiatry (1990) 
- "Here, Have a Seat"
- School, Harvard Law. "Alan A. Stone, M.D. | Harvard Law School". hls.harvard.edu. Archived from the original on June 12, 2018. Retrieved June 9, 2018.
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- "Alan Stone Author Page". Boston Review.
- Risen, Clay (February 1, 2022). "Alan A. Stone, 92, Dies; Challenged Psychiatry's Use in Public Policy". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved February 2, 2022.
- VIAF: "Stone, Alan Abraham"
- "206 Athletes Get Major or Minor Awards in Fall Sports". The Crimson.
- "Original Address – Alan A. Stone, M.D." harvardmagazine.com. Retrieved March 12, 2018.
- Alan A. Stone, Psychiatrists on the Side of the Angels: The Falun Gong and Soviet Jewry, 30 J. Am. Acad. Psychiatry & L. 107 (2002).
- Stone, Alan (2002). "Psychiatrists on the side of the angels: the Falun Gong and Soviet Jewry" (PDF). The Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law. 30 (1): 107–111. PMID 11931357.
- Stone, Alan (1984). "The Ethical Boundaries of Forensic Psychiatry: A View from the Ivory Tower". Bulletin of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law. 12 (3): 209–219. PMID 6478062.
- Stone, Alan (2008). "The Ethical Boundaries of Forensic Psychiatry: A View from the Ivory Tower". The Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law. 36 (2): 167–174. PMID 18583690.
- Stone, Alan A. "The Ethical Boundaries of Forensic Psychiatry: A View from the Ivory Tower." Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, vol. 12, no. 3, 1984, pp. 209–219.
- C, Stromberg, and Stone A. "A Model State Law on Civil Commitment of the Mentally Ill." Harvard Journal on Legislation, vol. 20, no. 2, 1983, p. 275.
- Stone, A. A. (April 1, 1990). "Law, science, and psychiatric malpractice: a response to Klerman's indictment of psychoanalytic psychiatry". American Journal of Psychiatry. 147 (4): 419–427. doi:10.1176/ajp.147.4.419. ISSN 0002-953X. PMID 1969243.