Category Archives: 1960s

Aston Hall: another case from the past

In my previous post I wrote about the verdict in a legal case in Australia where two doctors, or rather a doctor and a former doctor, who had practised deep sleep treatment at Chelmsford Private Hospital in the 1960s and … Continue reading

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Back to Chelmsford: the verdict

Earlier this year I wrote about a court case in Australia in which two doctors who used deep sleep treatment (DST) and electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) at Chelmsford private hospital in Sydney were suing the author and publishers (Steve Cannane and … Continue reading

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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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Harry Bailey and Chelmsford private hospital: another legal case

I have written before (here and here) about new legal cases over the treatment given to people in Canada in the 1950s and 1960s by psychiatrist Ewen Cameron – treatment which involved intensive electroconvulsive therapy and continuous narcosis or deep … 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 dark side of being a baby boomer

Three stories in the media in recent weeks have looked at how young people in the 1960s, 1970s and early 1980s experienced psychiatry. On Saturday 30 July the Guardian newspaper featured a story, taken from the ITV series Long Lost … 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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Paul Robeson’s ECT at the Priory

In September 1961 the American actor Paul Robeson was admitted to the Priory Clinic in Richmond, London, and treated with electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). His son, Paul Robeson junior, has long suspected that the CIA may have had a hand in … Continue reading

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Was William Sargant an evil CIA doctor? (part 2)

In my last post I commented on the fact that British psychiatrist William Sargant seems to have acquired a reputation as a CIA psychiatrist although there is – to date – no evidence to support the claim that he worked … Continue reading

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