A Montreal woman who underwent intense electroshock treatment in a
program funded by the CIA 50 years ago has been awarded $100,000.
Gail Kastner was given massive electroshock therapy to treat depression
in 1953 at the Allan Memorial Institute in Montreal.
She was told on Wednesday of the compensation award.
She was left out of a federal compensation package in 1994 because her
treatment was deemed to have been less intense than that of other
victims of the experiments. Her treatment was also found to have had
fewer long-term effects.
A Federal Court judge reversed that ruling, and awarded her the same
amount Ottawa gave to 77 others as compensation for their treatment.
There were 253 claims rejected.
Dr. Ewan Cameron, who was director of the Allan Memorial Institute,
conducted experiments using electroshock and drug-induced sleep. The
research was funded from 1950 to 1965 by the CIA and by the Canadian
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