Article ID: CBB285037023

The work of Donald Ewen Cameron: from psychic driving to MK Ultra (2023)


Jordan Torbay (Author)

History of Psychiatry
Volume: 34
Issue: 3
Pages: 320-330
Publication date: 2023
Language: English

Donald Ewen Cameron is known as the Canadian psychiatrist behind the Montreal Experiments, a series of brainwashing experiments. As part of a larger Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) project known as MK Ultra, the CIA regarded these experiments as a potential military weapon during the Cold War. However, a closer look into Cameron’s research and project MK Ultra shows that these experiments began long before Cameron was contacted by the CIA. Additionally, Cameron received funding for his experiments indirectly, so he was probably never aware the money was from the CIA. In this paper, I analyse the published work of Dr Cameron from the beginning of his career to his role in MK Ultra, and evaluate his own possible reasoning behind these experiments.

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Authors & Contributors
Dyck, Erika
Blass, Thomas
Clowater, G. Brent
Doel, Ronald E.
Dooley, Chris
Gere, Charlie
Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences
Canadian Bulletin of Medical History/Bulletin Canadienne d'Histoire de la Medecine
History of the Human Sciences
Canadian Historical Review
Centaurus: International Magazine of the History of Mathematics, Science, and Technology
Science and Public Policy
Duke University Press
McGill-Queen's University Press
University of Toronto Press
University of Washington Press
Yale University Press
McMaster University (Canada)
Science and war; science and the military
Cold War
Science and politics
Milgram, Stanley
Lilly, John Cunningham
McCoy, Alfred W.
Penfield, Wilder Graves
Solandt, Omond McKillop
Cameron, Donald Ewen
Time Periods
20th century, late
20th century
21st century
United States
Soviet Union
United States. Central Intelligence Agency
United States. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
United States. Department of Defense

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