Heinz Edgar Lehmann
|Died||April 7, 1999(aged 87)|
|Awards||Order of Canada|
Heinz Edgar Lehmann, OC FRSC (July 17, 1911 – April 7, 1999) was a German-born Canadian psychiatrist best known for his use of chlorpromazine for the treatment of schizophrenia in 1950s and "truly the father of modern psychopharmacology."
From 1969 to 1972, he was one of the five members of the LeDain Commission, a royal commission appointed in Canada to study the non-medical use of drugs. He was an advocate for decriminalization of marijuana.
He was ahead of his time in that he supported research in the use of the active ingredient psilocybin to alleviate anxiety.
In 1973, he was a member of the Nomenclature Committee of the American Psychiatric Association that decided to drop homosexuality from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, i.e. to depathologize it.
In 1999, the Canadian College of Neuropsychopharmacology established the Heinz Lehmann Award in his honor, given in recognition of outstanding contributions to research in neuropsychopharmacology in Canada.
- Paris, Joel. "Heinz Lehmann: A Pioneer of Modern Psychiatry". Canadian Psychiatric Association. Archived from the original on September 26, 2006. Retrieved April 26, 2006.
- "Canadian Who's Who 1997 entry". Archived from the original on August 11, 2007. Retrieved April 26, 2006.
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