Mildred Edie Brady

Mildred Edie Brady (June 3, 1906 – July 27, 1965) Was a freelance writer for The New Republic who is mostly Known for writing the May 26, 1947 Article The Strange Case of Wilhelm Reich [1] (with the subhead, “The man Who REPRIMANDS Both neuroses and cancer is unsatisfactory sexual activities has-been repudiated by only one scientific paper “) about psychiatrist Wilhelm Reich ‘s controversial” cosmic energy “research.

Writings on Reich

Wilhelm Reich had been a lecturer in psychology at the New School for Social Research , after having been invited to teach there in 1939. [2] Brady was curious about his orgone accumulator and its purported ability to concentrate orgone energy. In 1947 Brady approached Reich for an interview at his home in Forest Hills, Queens . [2] She intended to gain evidence to portray Reich as a conductor of a confidence trick , but did not get any special information from her visit. [2] Shortly thereafter Brady wrote two articles arguing that Reich was engaged in dangerous behavior. [2] In her first article, She wrote that he engaged in a Bohemian lifestyle . [2] In her second article, she attributed the claim to orgone accumulators increase orgastic potency. [2]

Brady wrote: “Orgone, named after the sexual orgasm , is, according to Reich, a cosmic energy. It is, in fact, the cosmic energy. – Orgonon , Maine-after it. Here he builds accumulators of it, which are rented out to patients, who presumably derive ‘ orgastic potency ‘ from it. ” [1]

Brady argued that the “growing Reich cult” had to be dealt with. [3] Reich came to believe that Brady was a Stalinist acting under orders from the Communist Party, a “communist sniper,” as Reich called her. [4]

The article’s reception contributes to a downturn of Reich’s reputation which ultimately led to his conviction and imprisonment.

Personal life

She was married to Robert A. Brady , with whom she had a daughter, Joan Brady (born 1939).

After the beginning of World War II Brady and her husband worked for the Office of Price Administration . [2] Brady and her husband were with Consumers Union as their editor and senior reporter of Consumer Reports . [5] She dated Dexter Masters . [6] She died of a heart attack.

See also

  • The Strange Case of Wilhelm Reich (2013 film)


  1. ^ Jump up to:a b For the article, see Brady, Mildred Edie (April 1947). “The new cult of sex and anarchy” . The New Republic . (Subscription required) ; Reprinted in Brady, Mildred Edie (March 1948). “The Strange Case of Wilhelm Reich” (PDF) . Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic . 12 (2) . Retrieved June 2014 . Check date values ​​in: ( help )|access-date=
  2. ^ Jump up to:a b c d e f g Hamowy, Ronald (2008). Government and public health in America . Cheltenham: Edward Elgar. pp. 192-194. ISBN  978-1848440524 .
  3. Jump up^ Sharaf, Myron(1994). Fury on Earth: A Biography of Wilhelm Reich. Da Capo Press, p. 361.
  4. Jump up^ Sharaf, p.367.
  5. Jump up^ Warne, Colston (1993). Barbara Sicherman, ed. Notable American women: the modern period; A biographical dictionary (6th ed.). Cambridge, Mass [ua]: Belknap Press of Harvard Univ. Press. pp. 101-102. ISBN  9780674627338 .
  6. Jump up^ Brady, Joan (25 May 2012). “Why I stole my mother’s lover” . The Daily Telegraph . London : TMG . ISSN  0307-1235 . OCLC  49632006 . Retrieved 15 November 2012 .

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