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It sounded like a bad Hollywood horror movie. Patients at a psychiatric hospital subjected to intensive shock treatments, '___' and drug-induced comas. But for hundreds of Canadians, it was an all-too real nightmare
They turned to Dr. Ewen Cameron and Montreal’s famed Allen Memorial Institute.
In the 1950s and 1960s, patients committed to the hospital for something as simple as post-partum depression were subjected to chemically- induced sleep for weeks and continuous rounds of electroshocks
the Canadian government was so reluctant to admit its responsibility. Never has the federal government apologized for funding those experiments.
A recent Department of Justice gag order in an out-of-court settlement was designed to avoid responsibility and avert compensation to more victims and their families, said Alan Stein, who has represented numerous survivors who were once patients at the Allan Memorial Institute in Montreal. Stein told CBC News that successive federal governments have demanded confidentiality agreements in at least five of the cases he has settled in the last few decades. "If they hadn't been confidential and the settlements had the publicity that they should have had, a lot of the victims would have come forward and gone to court," he said.