Lorrin M. Koran (Donated Materials)


Title:   The Lorrin M. Koran Collection

Creator:   Lorrin M. Koran

Extent:   0.5 linear feet (two document boxes)

Repository:   Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, 18001 Yorba Linda Boulevard, Yorba Linda, California 92886

Abstract:   This collection comprises materials documenting the development of a comprehensive White House policy regarding drug abuse in the United States. The bulk of the collection consists of presidential speech drafts and option papers. These materials include draft reports, speech drafts with comments, internal government memorandum, budgeting reports relating to the use of Methadone. This collection documents the options proposed by segments within the Nixon Administration and the various programs considered to combat the growth of drug usage.

Biographical Note

Lorrin M. Koran, M.D., received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School in 1966. Following an internship at UCLA, he completed a residency in psychiatry at Stanford University Medical Center and then served in the U.S. Public Health Service, serving as a Special Assistant to the Director of the National Institute of Mental Health, 1970-1972. After a year in London as a Visiting Colleague at the Maudsley Hospital Institute of Psychiatry, he joined the faculty at SUNY at Sony Brook in 1973, served as Associate Professor from 1976 to 1977, and as Director of Medical Student Education in Psychiatry from 1973 to 1977. In 1977 he joined the faculty at Stanford University Medical Center, where he has served as Professor of Psychiatry from 1984 to the present. In 1980, he created the Comprehensive Medicine Unit within Stanford University Hospital, which he directed until 1989. He directed the Psychiatric Consultation/Liaison Service from 1991 to 1995, and since 1989 has directed the Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Clinic and research program. Dr. Koran served as Visiting Professor at Stanford in Florence, Italy in 1991, where he taught a course entitled, "Medicine and Art in the Renaissance." He has twice received resident teaching awards from the Stanford Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Koran is board-certified in Psychiatry and is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.

Dr. Koran's research has focused on obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and related conditions, the relationship of medical and psychiatric disorders, pharmacotherapy for chronic depressive disorders, and pharmacoeconomic questions. He has chaired the research application review committee of the Obsessive-Compulsive Foundation and the American Psychiatric Association Workgroup that produced the Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. He is currently investigating novel medications for treatment-resistant OCD. Dr. Koran has lectured extensively throughout the world on these and related topics.

Dr, Koran is the author or co-author of more than 125 peer-reviewed articles and 26 book chapters, has edited two books and is the author of one, Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders in Adults: A Comprehensive Clinical Guide, published in 1999 by Cambridge University Press. He is a reviewer for many journals including the American Journal of Psychiatry, Biological Psychiatry, Psychiatry Research, Journal of Clinical Psychiatry and European Neuropsychopharmacology.

Scope and Content Note

The collection comprises materials documenting the development of a White House policy regarding the growing drug abuse problem in the United States between 1970 and 1972.  The bulk of the collection consists of presidential speech drafts and opinion papers.  These materials include comments on draft reports, speech drafts with comments, internal memoranda, budgeting information, and meeting notes.

The collection reflects the issues and topics dealt by Dr Koran in his capacity as Special Assistant to the Director, of the National Institute of Mental Health within the United States Public Health Service from 1970 through 1972.

The collection consists of one subject file series arranged alphabetically.

Folder Title List

Box 1

[Alternative Heroin Addiction Program Analysis]
Budget Justification
Comments:  Domestic Council Decision Paper
Comments:  Drug Option Paper
Comments on Draft
Comments on Scanlon Paper
Current Programs
Curriculum Vitae
Decision Option I
Decision Option II
Decision Option III
Decision Option IV
Decision Option V
Decision Option VI
Decision Option VII
Domestic Council Decision Report on Drug Abuse
Donfeld (Empty)
Drafts of Presidential Message
Drafts of Presidential Message, Final    
[Drug Abuse Initiatives] (1 of 2)
[Drug Abuse Initiatives] (2 of 2)
Drug Options (1 of 2)
Drug Options (2 of 2)

Box 2

[Jaffe Committee Report]
Justice Department
Meeting with Secretary [Empty]
[National Cancer Authority]
OEO Draft
President’s 1st Draft
President’s 2nd Draft [Empty]
President’s 3rd Draft
President’s 4th Draft
President’s 5th Draft
Public Health
Richardson Memo
Scanlon (1 of 3)
Scanlon (2 of 3)
Scanlon (3 of 3)
Target Groups