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A request for treatment - L. Ron Hubbard

Ron Hubbard and Psychiatry

From the exhibits, representing the documents taken by FBI from Scientology in the US, we are able to publish a very interesting and illuminating letter from Ron Hubbard, in which he asks for psychiatric help. The tragic fact that he probably never received such help may be an important factor in understanding Dianetics and Scientology.

RE: Lafayette Ronald Hubbard,
Lt.HSNP 113392

Box 297
North Hollywood, Calif.
October 15, 1947.

Los Angeles, 25, Calif.


This is a request for treatment.

My residence is north of North Hollywood, but I attend school at Geller Theater Workshop, Fairfax and Wilshire, Los Angeles. It would be appreciated if any out-physician selected would be located near my school as I have a vacant hour and a half from 1 to 2.30 four days each week at school. I work at night six days per week.

I was placed on certain medication back east and have continued it at my own expense.

After trying and failing for two years to regain my equilibrium in civil life, I am utterly unable to approach anything like my own competence. My last physician informed me that it might be very helpful if I were to be examined and perhaps treated psychiatrically or even by a psycho-analyst. Toward the end of my service I avoided out of pride any mental examinations, hoping that time would balance a mind which I had every reason to suppose was seriously affected. I cannot account for nor rise above long periods of moroseness and suicidal inclinations. and have newly come to realize that I must first triumph above this before I can hope to rehabilitate myself at all.

I cannot leave school or what little work I am doing for hospitalization due to many obligations, but I feel I might be treated outside, possibly with success. I cannot, myself, afford such treatment.

Would you please help me?


L. Ron Hubbard.