Medicine: The Big Sleep

A startling new treatment for schizophrenia marked by delusions of persecution (one of the most difficult forms of the disease) was reported to Zurich by Dr. D. Ewen Cameron, director of Montreal's Allan Memorial Institute. Key to the treatment: "complete depatterning" of the patient's mind through shock therapy and deep sleep. Unlike brainwashing, Psychiatrist Cameron's method does not seek to implant alien ideas in the mind, but rather to break the chain of schizophrenic reactions and leave the mind free to reorganize itself. Granting that the method is "a sharp tool," Cameron considers...

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