In mid-1963, Dr Harry Richard Bailey admitted a patient to Chelmsford, a small private hospital in a north-western suburb of Sydney. Between then and April 1979 he, and subsequently a handful of associates, treated a large number of patients with deep sedation, often combined with ECT. The patients' diagnoses included schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, alcoholism, and drug addiction; nothing suggests that the diagnosis and the treatment had any particular connection. Records exist for some 1,100 patients, 24 of whom died as a consequence of the treatment; 16 of them were under the age of 50. Others suffered brain damage, convulsions, delirium, pneumonia, hallucinations, cardiac irregularities, abscesses, urinary tract infections, fractures, and other complications.
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