A son’s story of his father’s illness, treatment, and resultant destruction by the "psychic-driving" experiments of Dr. Ewen Cameron at Montreal’s Allan Memorial Institute in the 1950’s. The effect of the father’s illness on the family is recounted, as is the son’s gradual realization, only when he is himself about to become a psychiatrist, that something abnormal must have taken place during those long hospitalizations. Weinstein tells other patient stories in some detail as he recounts the legal fight for compensation awarded finally in October, 1988.


This autobiographical account by a McGill- and Yale-trained psychiatrist is supplemented by interviews with doctors and with other patient-victims, who were following legal channels for compensation. In detective-story fashion, the author pieces together his personal realization of the history of Cameron’s "psychic driving" experiments and the CIA involvement, which had been prompted by Cold-War fears of the security threat posed by brainwashing. This book can be compared with Anne Collins’s journalistic account of the same characters and events, in which the chapter about the physician-patient, Mary Morrow, contrasts sharply with Harvey Weinstein’s version (In the Sleep Room: The Story of The CIA Brainwashing Experiments in Canada, see this database).


James Lorimer

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