Category Archives: 1960s

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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Was William Sargant an evil CIA doctor?

Last April the Daily Mail ran a story under the headline: My electric shock nightmare at the hands of the CIA’s evil doctor. The article was written to tie in with the publication of the autobiography of Celia Imrie, a British actor known … Continue reading

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