Category Archives: 1950s

Professor David’s research and a sad glimpse of the past

In my last post I mentioned the large number of publications that psychiatrist Anthony David has his name on. Anthony David is professor of mental health director and Sackler chair UCL Institute of Mental Health and the UCL web-page lists … Continue reading

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ECT and Ganser syndrome

I have written before (here) about an article in The New Yorker magazine on British psychiatrist John Barker. The article mentioned a book he had co-authored, Some uncommon psychiatric syndromes, by M. David Enoch, W. H. Trethowan and J. C. … Continue reading

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Another mention of ECT in The New Yorker

The 25 February 2019 edition of The New Yorker magazine included an article by Sam Knight with the title “The psychiatrist who believed people could tell the future”. It was about John Barker, a British psychiatrist who was interested in … Continue reading

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ECT and Ewen Cameron: a class action

Last year (June 2018) I wrote about a Canadian woman who had received compensation from the Canadian government for the treatment her mother had received at the hands of Dr Ewen Cameron. Now it emerges that a firm of lawyers, … Continue reading

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Gabrielle

In my last post I wrote about a young woman who had undergone a leucotomy in 1962. In this post I will write about a young woman who underwent a leucotomy in 1950 with tragic results. In October 1952 the … Continue reading

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A (A Patient)

An inquisition of lunacy, where a person’s soundness of mind was tried before a jury and a Master in Lunacy, sounds archaic – indeed they date from 1324. Wealthy families would petition for an inquisition to protect their estates (or, … Continue reading

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Ewen Cameron: more legal cases

News came a few months ago that a woman in Canada had received compensation from the Canadian government for the damaging treatment her mother had been given by psychiatrist Ewen Cameron at the Allan Memorial Institute at McGill University in … Continue reading

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The Sacklers

I recently listened to an entertaining talk by economist Ha-Joon Chang. He was quite critical about economists and at the end of his talk he lamented the fact that they could get things spectacularly wrong without it damaging their reputation. He … Continue reading

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ECT: back to the fifties

A recent episode of the popular TV series, Call the Midwife, set in the late 1950s to early 1960s, included a story-line about Sister Cynthia, a young midwife and nun, who became depressed after being attacked when out at night, … Continue reading

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More about Dr Woodland and ECT

In a previous post I mentioned a British GP (general practitioner) who had given his patients more than 10,000 electroconvulsive treatments over a twenty year period. Which twenty years? Richard Woodland’s use of ECT came to prominence in 1984, when … Continue reading

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