from the sodium amytal, Barbara Noel slowly opened her eyes. She was
still lying under the blanket on her psychiatrist's couch, but now
she could hear heavy panting sounds. As her vision came into focus,
she saw Dr. Masserman's pockmarked face, eyes closed tightly,
terribly close to her own. Then she felt his slow, rhythmic thrusts
against her pelvis.
He was raping her.
Barbara Noel had been in therapy with Dr. Jules Masserman, president
of the American Psychiatric Association, for eighteen years.
Her sessions often started with his telling her "it's very important
for you to get rid of anything you're wearing that might be
undressing and being given her injection of sodium amytal, Barbara
would lie down under a blanket and drift off into the
unconsciousness Dr. Masserman claimed was necessary for her to
overcome her "resistance" to therapy.
Barbara, a professional singer, had originally come to Dr. Masserman
because she had begun to experience extreme facial pain when
performing. She felt lucky to have been taken on by the renowned Dr.
Masserman and was pleased when he initially pronounced her well
She just wanted help for her facial pain.
By 1984, when she woke up prematurely to find Dr. Masserman on top
of her, she had been given hundreds of unnecessary sodium amytal
injections and had become
Abuse Of Women
Electric shock is the
most brutal and damaging of all psychiatric "treatments."
Two thirds of those
who received electric shock therapy are WOMEN.
|addicted to the
powerful drug. She had been told it would help her remember past
hurts, but in fact this barbiturate had been found in mind control
experiments to block memory.
After Barbara had overcome her fear of speaking out, she reported Dr. Masserman to the police. He claimed she was "sick" and was lying.
Soon, however three other female patients of his came forward with
Amazingly, the Psychiatric community supported its prominent member
and retained him on the board of trustees for the American
psychiatric Association even after he had settled out of court with
Barbara Noel for $200,000 and the promise not to practice again.
By then Dr. Masserman was 80 years old.