Category Archives: Legal cases

Lake Alice: the West Malling connection

In my last post I mentioned that Selwyn Leeks, who ran the child and adolescent unit at Lake Alice Hospital in New Zealand, had a great-grandfather who was the proprietor of a private asylum in West Malling, Kent, England. In … 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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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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Polish ECT survivor is awarded 447,000 euros

TRT World (an English-language Turkish news channel) recently (8 October 2020) featured an article about a Polish man who has been awarded two million Polish zloty (approximately 447,000 euros, £407,000, $527,000) by the Court of Appeal after having been detained … 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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ECT at Prospect Park

On 6 February The Reading Chronicle reported on the inquest into the death of a woman from Hungerford, Berkshire, who had died following electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) at the Prospect Park Hospital in Reading. The woman, aged 57, had become depressed after … Continue reading

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Alexander Neumeister: a story of financial and scientific fraud

In 1997 the German journal Der Nervenartz published an article with the title “Die Elektrokonvulsionstherapie in der klinischen Praxis” (Electroconvulsive therapy in clinical practice). According to the abstract of the article, about 3 per cent of inpatients at the Department … Continue reading

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ECT under court order in Ireland

On 18 November 2019 The Irish Times ran an article about the use of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) on a ward of court in the Republic of Ireland. The article says: “A series of orders continuing the administration of Electroconvulsive Treatment … Continue reading

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