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WBUR
Endless Thread Returns With Special Investigative Series On April 3
March 13, 2020

Psychiatrist Donald Ewen Cameron

Psychiatrist Donald Ewen Cameron

Psychiatrist Dr. Donald Ewen Cameron led the Allan Memorial Institute, a psychiatric hospital in Montreal, in the 1950s and 60s. Cameron was at the top of his field at the time, leading both the American Psychiatric Association and the World Psychiatric Association. Little did the families whose loved ones were sent to Allan Memorial know that Cameron’s patients would be subject to grueling experimentation involving long periods of induced sleep and heavy use of electroshock therapy and psychedelic drugs.

Meanwhile, in America, the CIA was conducting its own brainwashing experiments on unwitting human guinea pigs. It was later uncovered that Dr. Cameron’s work in Montreal was being partially funded by the CIA. Now, 50 years later, the families of Dr. Cameron’s victims are finding each other, organizing, and bringing lawsuits against the Canadian and American governments.

Co-hosts Johnson and Sivertson interview families, legal experts, and historians about the dark history of government-supported brainwashing experimentation and the consequences it continues to have in society. Discussions around MK-ULTRA on Reddit, including in the r/askhistorians
community, inspired the series theme.