The Sleep Room (http://movies2.nytimes.com/gst/movies/movie.html?v_id=163016), a gut-wrenching four-hour miniseries [CBC, January 1998], depicts the true story of Dr. Ewen Cameron’s secret MKULTRA brainwashing experiments carried out in the late 50s and early 60s at Allan Memorial Institute in Montreal.
A Fifth Estate investigation revealed how one Canadian government secretly supported these horrific experiments, and then another blocked the victims’ fight for justice.
“Psychic driving”, LSD, frequent ECT.
However, if all of this is the result of Cameron’s quest for recognition and acclaim, then he has done a terrible injustice to the patients who were entrusted in his care, to other psychiatrists and psychologists who are to be scrutinized and distrusted more because of his actions, and to the Canadian public, who supported his work through government funding.
The article also emphasizes the need for the public to understand mental illness.
Between 1953 and 1966, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) financed a research project, code-named MKULTRA, that was established to counter Soviet and Chinese advances in brainwashing and interrogation techniques. Subprojects were contracted out to various universities, research foundations, and similar institutions.
… concerned with “the research and development of chemical, biological, and radiological materials capable of employment in clandestine operations to control human behavior.”