October 24, 2009
LOS ANGELES LETTER: “PSYCHIATRY: AN Industry of Death” is the name of a museum on Sunset Boulevard. For several hours you can roam a dungeon-style premises that delivers a clear and sustained message: psychiatry sucks, writes JOHN FLEMING.
As the LA palm trees outside overstretch themselves into the blue sky and six lanes of flash cars and pick-up trucks roar past, you are sealed into a theatrical world of condemnation.
In a stage set of straitjackets, restraining tables and human cattle-prods, a versioned world of psychiatry’s lobotomies, ECT and involuntary commitments is vividly dramatised.
Fourteen of Hollywood’s most secret short films and hundreds of dark exhibits sketch a shameful history of the profession, blaming it for racism, the Holocaust, botched psychosurgery and a world dependent on the pharmaceutical industry.
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