Donald Ewen Cameron

Donald Ewen Cameron ( born December 24, 1901 in Bridge of Allan, Perthshire, United Kingdom, † 8 September 1967 in Lake Placid, New York, United States ) was a Scottish- American psychiatrist who worked primarily in Canada last. He is primarily known for his work in the field of mind control for the CIA.


Cameron graduated in 1924 at the University of Glasgow. In 1942 he went to the U.S., lived and worked in Albany ( New York).

In the first half of the 1940s he worked for the Office of Strategic Services. He developed Depatterning Treatment (Repeal of social behavior patterns ) and Psychic driving (social and sensory deprivation ), for which the CIA was interested.

In 1943 Cameron at McGill University in Montreal (Canada), that he developed Allan Memorial Institute a world-renowned psychiatric research. In 1945 he surveyed the Nazis, Rudolf Hess psychiatrically during the Nuremberg Trials.

Mid-1950 was Cameron Professor of Psychiatry, McGill University, a senior psychiatrist at the Royal Victoria Hospital and director of the Alan Memorial Institute. 1952/53, he was president of the American Psychiatric Association. In addition, he was elected President of the Psychiatry Association of Quebec and Canada, the World Psychiatric Association ( World Association of Psychiatry ), the Society for Biological Psychiatry and the American Psycho- Pathological Association.

1957 to 1964 he participated in the CIA project MKULTRA mind control. His treatments were carried out against civilians in his clinic.

1956/57, went to Val Orlikow, the wife of the Canadian Member of Parliament David Orlikow, for depression to him in treatment. To her, as well as on hundreds of other patients with minor problems, he made his experiments with LSD and driving electric shocks. As Val Orlikow the Allan Memorial left again, she had the mind of a small child and no memory of her husband and her children. It was not until ten years after Cameron's death after the Orlikows read of a congressional hearing on the CIA brainwashing experiments, they were able to uncover these "treatments".

Another patient was Linda McDonald. In 1962, after the fifth pregnancy, she got post-natal depression. Within three weeks at his clinic diagnosed Cameron that she was suffering from acute schizophrenia. He treated within four months with 102 electric shocks, 6 joules of electricity per treatment, and put them for 86 days in an induced coma. This put her memory to toddler level, she had to learn to go to the bathroom again. She had no memories about her former life, in return, she no longer recognized her own family.