Total Encounter Capsule Program|
The Capsule is a
small windowless room with dimensions approximately 8’ x 10’.
Groups of four or more men would be stripped naked and placed
in the Capsule for periods of up to two weeks at a time. The
space was always lit, leading the men to be unable to
distinguish day from night, confusion, disorientation, and
serious confrontations between the men ensued.
in the Capsule, the men were given various drugs including LSD
and other hallucinogens.
nourishment provided to the men in the Capsule were in
beverage form and had to be consumed through the use of straws
inserted through holes in the Capsule food dispensers.
There were no
beds in the Capsule. The men were forced to sleep on a small
rug over a foam mat on the concrete floor. There were no
towels, and there were no private washroom facilities. The
sum total of the facilities was an open toilet and a wash
The men in the
Capsule were under constant observation by other psychiatric
patients through either a one-way mirror in the ceiling and or
through closed circuit videotaping through recessed cameras in
the walls and ceiling.
The Total Encounter Capsule program ran from August 1968
through to 1979.