Edward Lottick

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Edward Lottick
Born (1935-11-12) November 12, 1935 (age 86)
Residence United States
Nationality American
Fields family medicine, cultic studies
Institutions Professor at King's College on American Cults
Known for Invented Electrosurgical hemostat
Notable awards John G. Clark Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Cultic Studies

Edward Antrim Lottick (born 1935) is a family physician and inventor.

His son was Scientologist Noah Lottick. Noah Lottick's suicide was featured as part of the Time Magazine article "The Thriving Cult of Greed and Power", by Richard Behar. After his son's death, Lottick was inspired to further research cults.

Lottick, along with Paul R. Martin in the same year, is the winner of ICSA's 1993 John G. Clark Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Cultic Studies.

Lottick is on the Board of Trustees of the Pennsylvania Medical Society and is Editor of the Luzerne County Medical Society Bulletin.[1] He was on the Board of Directors of the previous version of the International Cultic Studies Association, the American Family Foundation. Lottick is the inventor of the electrosurgical hemostat.[2]

Son's death

On May 11, 1990, Lottick's son Noah Antrim Lottick committed suicide. Lottick described this as his motivation for researching cults in his article describing a survey of physicians that he presented to the Pennsylvania State Medical Society.[3] However, these events were initially described in the Time Magazine article: The Thriving Cult of Greed and Power,[4] and later in Reader's Digest.[5]

Noah Lottick was a Russian studies student, who "jumped from a 10th-floor window of the Milford Plaza Hotel and bounced off the hood of a stretch limousine".[4] When found by police, he was holding $171 in cash. The Lottick family found their son's body, lying in a morgue, a month after his death.[6] Initially, his father had thought that Scientology was similar to Dale Carnegie's techniques. However, after his ordeal, Lottick now believes that the organization is a "school for psychopaths".[4]

After the article describing these incidents had been published in Time, he and Mrs. Lottick submitted affidavits,[7] when the Church of Scientology sued Richard Behar and Time Magazine for $416 million. All counts against Behar and Time were later dismissed in courts of law.[8] In their court statements, the Lotticks "affirmed the accuracy of each statement in the article", and stated that Lottick "concluded that Scientology therapies were manipulations, and that no Scientology staff members attended the funeral" (of their son).[7]

Cult research

In October 1991, Lottick introduced a resolution to the Pennsylvania Medical Society's House of Delegates. The resolution requested that a survey be performed to assess physician's current level of awareness regarding destructive cults. Arthur A. Dole and Michael D. Langone were consulted in the process of tabulating and analyzing the survey. The final results were published in the Cult Observer in 1993.[3] For purposes of their survey, a destructive cult was defined as "a group which violates the rights of its members, harms them through abusive techniques of mind control, and distinguishes itself from a normal social or religious group by subjecting its members to physical, mental, or financial deprivation or deception to keep them in the group."[3] For his work and research, Lottick was awarded the 1993 John G. Clark Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Cultic Studies.[9]

In 2005, Lottick presented empirical research into the prevalence of cults in the United States, at the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid.[10]

In 2006, Lottick gave a presentation for the International Cultic Studies Association conference in Denver, Colorado, entitled "Rajneesh and Bioterrorism".[11]

Lottick is on the medical advisor on the FACTNET board of advisors, an anti-cult organization and has served as director for two other anti-cult organisations, the International Cultic Studies Association and the Cult Awareness Network[12]

Awards and honors

Inventions/Patents held




  • "Preventing Family Violence: Becoming Part of the Solution", Psychological Manipulation: The Abuse of Women Conference, May 30 and May 31, 1997 - Philadelphia
  • "Children and Cults", American Family Foundation Annual Conference: May 29–31, 1998 – Philadelphia, PA

See also


  1. Edward Lottick, profile, International Cultic Studies Association
  2. Electrocautery hemostat, Edward Lottick, May 26, 1992, Application Number 477094.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Survey Reveals Physicians' Experience with Cults, Edward Lottick, Cult Observer, Volume 10, Number 3, 1993.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Scientology: The Thriving Cult of Greed and Power, Time Magazine, May 6, 1991, see article: The Thriving Cult of Greed and Power
  5. October 1991, Readers Digest, "A Dangerous Cult Goes Mainstream".
  6. Scientologist Commits Suicide, Scientology Convicted, St. Petersburg Times, published February 8, 1998
  7. 7.0 7.1 Church of Scientology v. Time and Richard Behar, 92 Civ. 3024 (PKL), Opinion and Order, Court TV library Web site., retrieved 1/10/06.
  8. "Judge Dismisses Church of Scientology's $416 Million Lawsuit Against Time Magazine", Business Wire, July 16, 1996
  9. 9.0 9.1 Edward Lottick, M.D., award recipient, AFF website.
  10. Prevalence of Cults: A Review of Empirical Research in the U. S. A., Edward Lottick, International Cultic Studies Association, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, July 14, 2005
  11. 2006 Conference, International Cultic Studies Association, Denver, Colorado, June 2006.
  12. "Meet the Board | Factnet: Dialog on Key Public Interests & Human Rights". factnet.org. http://www.factnet.org/meet-board. Retrieved 2014-10-06. "He has been an active board member and activist against the dangers of cults since 1990, and has served as a director for other anti-cult organizations, such as International Cultic Studies Association (ICSA) and the now-defunct Cult Awareness Network"
  13. Survey Reveals Physicians' Experience with Cults, Edward Lottick, M.D., Cult Observer, Volume 10, Number 3, 1993.
  14. Hustead, Jayne. "Enlightenment: Ma's ashram: A Press Journal special report", TCPalm.com, May 5, 2004.
    In May 1993, Martin received the American Family Foundation's John G. Clark award for distinguished scholarship in cult studies.

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