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Joel Fort dies at 86; iconoclastic psychiatrist testified in Patty Hearst case

Joel Fort dies at 86; iconoclastic psychiatrist testified in Patty Hearst case

Joel Fort, an iconoclastic psychiatrist who was an early advocate for decriminalizing marijuana and who gave expert testimony on drugs and brainwashing in the Patty Hearst case and more than 300 other criminal trials, has died. He was 86. His death Sunday at his home in El Cerrito, outside San Francisco, was caused by cancer, his daughter Parcae Lockman said. A skeptic about standard mental health treatment, Fort liked to call himself a "sociatrist" — an activist who tried to help troubled individuals by effecting social change. In the 1960s, he started treating addicts, alcoholics, and the flower children surging into San Francisco at a public clinic he called the...

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