Category Archives: 1970s

Lake Alice: who was Selwyn Leeks?

Who was Selwyn Leeks, the psychiatrist who ran the Lake Alice child and adolescent unit during its short existence from 1972 to 1978? Was there, I wondered, anything in his background that would throw light on his subsequent career and … Continue reading

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Lake Alice: history

In June 2021 the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Abuse in Care in New Zealand between 1950 and 1999 spent two weeks hearing evidence about what occurred at the Lake Alice Child and Adolescent Unit in the 1970s.  “The Inquiry … Continue reading

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ECT at Lake Alice: a team of maggots

I have written here about psychiatrist Selwyn Leeks and the use of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) on children and young people at Lake Alice Hospital in New Zealand in the 1970s. On Monday 14 June 2021 a Royal Commission on Abuse … Continue reading

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ECT in Peterborough

BMC Psychiatry has just published an article about electroconvulsive treatment (ECT) from a team in Peterborough, UK.* The authors describe “an unusual case of a female patient with severe depression who did not respond to ECT until the 11th session, … Continue reading

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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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ECT: back to Chelmsford

Last year I wrote a post about Chelmsford private hospital in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, and a legal case in which two doctors who carried out treatment at the hospital are suing the author and publisher of a book … 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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ECT in the New Yorker

This month’s edition of The New Yorker features an article about the writer Dan Mallory: “A suspense novelist’s trail of deceptions” by Ian Parker. Mallory, writing under the name of A.J. Finn, is author of best-selling thriller The woman in … Continue reading

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