Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Dr. Hardat Sukhdeo,

In Joseph B. Treaster's November 29, 1978, New York Times' article, Doctor Sees Danger in Cult Survivors' Deep Despair; 6 More Members Released, a psychiatrist, Dr. Hardat Sukhdeo, is described as a "New Jersey psychiatrist who specializes in treating former cult members of the People's Temple." By way of credentials, the article notes that Dr. Sukhdeo, "a Guyanese citizen," was currently "deputy chairman of the psychiatry department at the New Jersey College of Medicine," and that he "received his medical degree from the University of London and taught at Yale University for several years" before moving to the Newark college.

A pair of Associated Press articles from 1974, at which time the then 39-year-old doctor was director of Miami's Jackson Memorial Hospital's crisis intervention center, also mentions Sukhdeo as someone "who took his medical training at London University," Unfortunately, those two articles, Exorcism Daily Occurrence at Miami’s Jackson Hospital, and 'Exorcists' Use Modern Methods, describe a Caribbean---and particularly Bahamian---practice of casting spells, curses, and hexes on one another, which Dr. Sukhdeo says, "is a form of hysteria, but you cannot contradict them."

He and his team had treated 900 such patients in the previous month for a fee of $12 each---the method used being "strong tranquilizers," with staff members trying to "soothe away their fears," I suppose with talk therapy. I'm sure the U.S. release date for the movie The Exorcist being June 19, 1973 was only one of those odd cultural coincidences, since his center "usually treat[ed] 600 to 700 [such cases] a month"---plus the fact with the increase "we worked our tail off"---which would seem to belie anything being causally integrated.

For some years after November 18, 1978, Dr. Sukhdeo was kept busy as house therapist or bundler/handler for a plurality of 40 or so of the surviving Jonestown alums. But he apparently dropped his earlier CV, as indicated by any of a dozen "Angie's List"-type medical web sites such as doctor.com; now to be a bona fide 1962 graduate of the University of West Indies; with a medical residency at the Connecticut Valley Hospital---which may be close to Yale, but like the rules for playing horseshoes, doesn't quite count as an Ivy League faculty gig.

Additionally, since in 1986, Sir George "Champ" Alleyne, and Drs. Neville Gibbs, Hardat Sukhdeo, and Andre Williams, founded the US Chapter of the UWI Medical Alumni Association, with a later UWI Notebook telling us that "the presenting ... of Stethoscopes will be done by Dr. Hardat Sukhdeo, President, USA Chapter," if Sukhdeo did receive a degree from U. of L., he's not much of a networker or Anglophile.

If it is borne out that the New York Times did blithely publish inflated credentials for Dr. Sukhdeo, it doesn't necessarily mean the paper didn't fact check, but rather, it could mean they were in receipt of facts from the highest, most impeccable authority---one which creates its own reality, in George Bush's memorable phrase, by misusing every societal tool ever devised to establish ersatz credibility. Except, this must require truly credible beings to look the other way.

1962; Graduate University of West Indies; Medical Residency: Ct Valley Hospital, Psychiatry; Dr. Hardat Sukhdeo, MD, Psychiatrist practicing in Montclair, NJ., [doctor.com]

February 1974, The Realist, The SLA Is The CIA, Part I, by Mae Brussell, part II, part III, part IV,
March 1, 1974, AP - Daytona Beach Morning Journal, page 14A, 'Exorcists' Use Modern Methods,
March 1, 1974, Sarasota Herald-Tribune / AP, page 3-B, Exorcism Daily Occurrence at Miami’s Jackson Hospital,

November 29, 1978, New York Times, Doctor Sees Danger in Cult Survivors' Deep Despair; 6 More Members Released, by Joseph B. Treaster,
December 2, 1978, N.Y. Times News Service / Lawrence Journal-World, page 12, Doctor cites cult danger,
December 4, 1978, AP - Observer Reporter, page D1, Jonestown Survivors Will Never Escape Horror, by George Esper, AP Writer,
December 11, 1978, Time Magazine, Nation: Paranoia And Delusions, The survivors describe the dementia of Jim Jones, [Text]

October 12, 1979, New York Times / The Lakeland Ledger, page 13A, Adjustment hard for survivors of Jonestown,
November 16, 1979, AP / The Victoria Advocate [Texas] page 4C, Survivors Warn of Church’s Revival, by Frances D'Emilio, AP Writer,
November 16, 1979, AP / Spartanburg Herald, page A3, The Jonestown Survivors: Linked In Search For Peace, by Frances D'Emilio, AP Writer,
November 16, 1979, Minnesota Daily, Vol. 81, No. 71, Jonestown Cult Lives, Survivors Say,

1986; US Chapter of the UWI Medical Alumni Association founded, by Sir George "Champ" Alleyne, and Drs. Neville Gibbs, Hardat Sukhdeo, and Andre Williams,
March 29, 1992, Palm Beach Post, Guru Ma: Saintly Or Sinister?, by Jenny Vogt, Staff Writer,
November 8, 1998, San Francisco Examiner, Days of Darkness: November 1978; Utopian Nightmare--Jonestown: What Did We Learn?, by Larry Hatfield,
March 23, 2002, Florida Today [courtesy of Rick Ross] Ashram shares reputation as cult, sanctuary; Former members tell tales of control, by Billy Cox,
September 9, 2006, [1st web capture] FOIA Lawsuit Results in Release of Thousands of Documents, by Rebecca Moore,
November 21, 2006, 46thousandminus.livejournal.com, how:she:feels - Paranoia And Delusions: Fucking Sick Humans,
March 25, 2007 [1st web capture] "Jim Jones and the Peoples Temple", by Jim Hougan,
October 2, 2008, [1st web capture] Jonestown and The Social Psychology of Accepted Truth, by David Godot,
October 12, 2012, In Search of Black Assassins, A Case for Genocide: Black Manchurian Candidates- Donald David Defreeze, Yusuf Bey IV & The Deliberate Destruction and Deconstruction of Black Institutions,


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