- Paperback: 275 pages
- Publisher: Key Porter Books; Reprint edition (March 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1550139320
- ISBN-13: 978-1550139327
- Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.5 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,163,571 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In the Sleep Room: The Story of the CIA Brainwashing Experiments in Canada Paperback – March, 1998
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I met this sociopath several times - his face so hard and cold, that I always recoiled. As a Canadian in self-imposed exile, and a graduate of McGill University myself, I feel deeply ashamed of my government and the Nazi tactics it followed, never having the decency nor backbone to say "NO" to the USA.
My distaste for my own country of origin has much to do with what has been written here in this fine book - though a little too fair for my sense of justice. How typical that Cameron never had to face his victims, nor suffer for his crimes.
"In the Sleep Room: The Story of the CIA Brainwashing Experiments in Canada," by Anne Collins, details some of the stories of Dr. Cameron's patients and how, more recently, they sued the CIA because it partially funded his work. Cameron's work in "psychic driving" (the term he used to call his process) caught the interest of the CIA and it secretly funded the program for a few years. However, Cameron continued his work after this funding stopped. Because it was the CIA that provided some of the money for these experiments, it caused a stir in Canada, regardless of the fact that the Canadian government funded Cameron before, during, and after the CIA chipped in.
"In the Sleep Room" provided a sketch of who Ewen Cameron was and what his ambitions were. I did not find the book overly critical of Cameron or Psychiatry. Historical background was provided on Cameron's treatments, and overall, the book was balanced. This book provides a good starting point for those interested in learning about Dr. Cameron and his infamous treatments. It is also attractive reading for those interested in gaining some insight into the events that placed attention on the ethics of treatments and higher concern for the consent of treatment.