It’s hard for me to think of reasons why a scientist and doctor would be induced to perform such “experiments,” but this is part of the past psychiatric and psychological scientists need to face up to. We have done some pretty horrific things.
Using techniques similar to those portrayed in the celebrated novel the Manchurian Candidate, it was believed that people could be brainwashed and reprogrammed to carry out specific acts.
Cameron developed a range of depatterning “treatments” while director of the Allan Memorial Institute at McGill University.
Patients were woken from drug-induced stupors two or three times a day for multiple electric shocks. In a specially designed “sleep room” made famous by Anne Collins’s book of the same name, Cameron placed a speaker under the patient’s pillow and relayed negative messages for 16 hours a day.