Psychiatry: An Industry of Death

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Psychiatry: An Industry of Death Museum
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Location6616 Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, California
Coordinates34°05′51″N 118°20′02″W / 34.0976°N 118.334°W / 34.0976; -118.334
WebsiteOfficial website

Psychiatry: An Industry of Death is a museum in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, that has also hosted several touring exhibitions.[1] It is owned and operated by the Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR), an anti-psychiatry organization founded by the Church of Scientology and psychiatrist Thomas Szasz. The museum is located at 6616 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, California. Entry is free.[2]

The opening event on December 17, 2005,[3] was attended by well-known Scientologists such as Priscilla Presley, Lisa Marie Presley, Jenna Elfman, Danny Masterson, Giovanni Ribisi, Catherine Bell, and Anne Archer,[4] as well as former Scientologist Leah Remini.

The museum is dedicated to criticizing what it describes as "an industry driven entirely by profit".[5] It has a variety of displays and exhibits that highlight physical psychiatric treatments, such as restraints, psychoactive drugs, electroconvulsive therapy and psychosurgery (including lobotomy, a procedure abandoned in the 1960s[6][7]).


In 2006, a documentary film also called Psychiatry: An Industry of Death was released on DVD by the Citizens Commission on Human Rights.


The museum has also had traveling exhibits in places such as Jefferson City, Missouri, St. Louis, and Kansas City.[8]

Exhibits at Worldcon 2006[edit]

The museum had a large display area at the 2006 World Science Fiction Convention held in Anaheim, California, United States, at which it presented a variety of exhibits on CCHR's controversial views on psychiatry.

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  1. ^ Libin, Kevin (2007-08-09). "Torture, or just plain torque? 'Industry Of Death' Exhibition On Psychiatry Walks A Fine Line". National Post. Archived from the original on 2016-03-03. Retrieved 2007-09-20.
  2. ^ CCHR Archived 2007-05-09 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Opening Press Release Archived 2010-01-08 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Walls, Jeannette (2005-12-22). "Getting hitched hasn't mellowed Elton John - Gossip: The Scoop -". Retrieved 2006-06-08.
  5. ^ "Museum Targets Psychiatry As An "Industry Of Death"", CCHR press release, December 21, 2005
  6. ^ Gunderman, Richard B. (2013). X-ray vision : the evolution of medical imaging and its human significance. Oxford: Oxford University Press. p. 125. ISBN 9780199976249. Retrieved 21 December 2015.
  7. ^ Kalat, James W. (2007). Biological psychology (9th ed.). Belmont, California: Wadsworth/Thomson Learning. p. 101. ISBN 9780495090793. Retrieved 21 December 2015.
  8. ^ Klepper, David (January 25, 2008). "Church of Scientology brings its anti-psychiatry exhibit to Kansas Capitol". Kansas City Star.

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