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Thursday, January 12, 2006

 

Weyburn Mental Hospital

`”The Weyburn Mental Hospital opened in 1921 and quickly became one of Canada’s most notorious psychiatric institutions. It was the site of lobotomies, electric shock therapy, and some of Canada’s controversial LSD experiments. It was here that Dr. Humphrey Osmond coined the word “psychedelic.” Virtually anywhere across Canada, if you mentioned you were from Weyburn, there would always be somebody who would know about the hospital and say, ‘Oh,’ and make some comment about either your own mental health or the mental health of the community, or just a joke about mental illness,” remembers Schultz. In 1971, the Weyburn Mental Hospital closed its doors and patients were transferred to other institutions.”‘




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