The doctors at SRI in Maryland

 The lead psychiatrist was Clinton Whail, M.D.  The number two psychiatrist was only known as Gene.  Gene received his M.D. from Tulane.  Doc Whail was from Massachusetts and after graduating from M.I.T. was accepted at the medical school at John Hopkins.  After a residency in anesthesiology he worked two years as an anesthesiologist at Walter Reed.  During this time he became more interested in the chemical effects on brain function and behavior.  He applied to and was accepted in a residency in psychiatry at University Medical Center, Fresno, California, an extension of University of San Francisco Medical. 

                This unusual, but related, combination of training and experience in anesthesiology and psychiatry gave him the credentials to author several papers.  These journal publications caught the attention and notice of U.S. Army intelligence General Leland Tuchman, head of Army Security Agency.  Clint Whail was recruited, offered and accepted a commission in the U.S. Army.  He enjoyed the military life. He could not have imagined that his career would take this sort of turn, which led him into Army Intelligence.  Here he found a new home.  It wasn’t the academic setting type of research, but it was research, and he could experiment.  It was also intense.  Everyone was in a sort of war attitude or mentality.  At first he thought it was a hold-over from the cold war days, then realized it had more to do with the “constant spy vigilance thing.”  That and the escalating terrorist attacks and threats since the Afghanistan and Charlie Wilson’s war days.

     He found his knowledge and services was appreciated and highly valued.  He was learning too.  He became thoroughly engrained in the field of interrogations.  He was amazed at the public misconception regarding torture.  He was equally amazed by the history of military chemical experiments.  Ken Kesey’s documentary biography, while revealing to some degree, seemed like such a waste.  Nixon’s book on the Cold War was more influential on Doctor Whail.   He liked Nixon’s “real war” premise.  He, Clinton Whail, M/D., was now part of the “real war.”  He was proud of his work and knew it was important. [This is a work of fiction and any resemblance of names and organizations is purely coincidental.]

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