Item AAAB2558 - Guy Richmond interview

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Guy Richmond interview

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  • 1976-02-26 [date recorded] (Creation)

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CALL NUMBER: T2357:0001 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): A prison doctor's story (tape 1) RECORDED: [location unknown], 1976-02-26 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Introductory personal background; early education; medical education at St. Thomas Hospital and motivations for interest in prison medicine; talks a some length about Sir Alex Paterson, borstal training description and the doctors dilemma in a penal system; after graduation joined the Royal Navy and mentions commissions in the Mediterranean and Jutland and psychiatric training; description of the selection board and example of questions; in 1930, he began work at Wormwood Scrubs Prison in London, England; description of the medical staff; training description; admission examinations and his attitude to the experience. TRACK 2: Transfer to Dartmoor Prison and a description of prison and arrival; the medical facilities, size, doctors working parties, jail fever, staff and common medications; a description of the effects of the silent system, mice, corporal punishment and the relationship between inmate and doctor; a breakdown of his work schedule, description of staff, deaths, surgery, the operating room, dentistry and current venereal disease treatments; a description of sick parade, mining, complaints, medications and assaults; the problem of prison Governor and the role, description of Major Morris and Mr. Roberts leading to trouble after Christmas in 1931.

CALL NUMBER: T2357:0002 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): A prison doctor's story (tape 2) RECORDED: [location unknown], 1976-02-26 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Increasing violence; watering porridge, the sick parade leading to the riot in 1931; the freeing of the prisoners and the arrival of reinforcements to restore order; the arrival of Sir Paterson, Devon County Police and the relief of the Governor. The results of the riot, the return of food quality, and the inquiry. A bit about Fred Amy and the extra blanket request and his it led to violence with a descriptive story of the role of the prison doctor in the administration of corporal punishment; Dr. Richmond's marriage and the calling of a special assize for the trial of prisoners involved in the riots. TRACK 2: The sentencing from the assize court; Dr. Richmond went to Portland in 1934 and describes the hospital, nurses and staff; briefly mentions discipline; flogging, diet and segregation; special medical problems such as the swallowing epidemic, deaths, emotional problems and relationships; the outbreak of the Second World War resulted in the release of offenders in 1940; remaining inmates were employed in making demagnetizing cable; Dr. Richmond gives a description of war time precautions and the bombing attacks; the doctor joined the Royal Air Force and gives an account of his postings, medical problems such as symptoms of stress; heat sickness in Northern Africa and deaths.

CALL NUMBER: T2357:0003 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): A prison doctor's story (tape 3) RECORDED: [location unknown], 1976-02-26 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Conclusion of story about heat sickness and some information about additional postings and the position; reclassifying failed air crew; Dr. Richmond was posted at Eastchurch for three years until demobilization; in 1948 he became medical inspector at the Home Office and describes the homes, problems and treatment of maladjusted children in the post-war era; in 1949 Dr. Richmond immigrated to Canada and was first employed by the Child Guidance Clinic in Vancouver; he gives a description of his responsibilities and the industrial school; in 1952 he joined the penitentiary service as a; senior medical officer and was stationed at Oakalla; he follows with a description of the hospital, staff, equipment and surgery performed. TRACK 2: CALL NUMBER: T2357:0004 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): A prison doctor's story (tape 4) RECORDED: [location unknown], 1976-02-26 CALL NUMBER: T2357:0005 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): A prison doctor's story (tape 5) RECORDED: [location unknown], 1976-02-26

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West Coast Medical Historical Society Inc., 1976


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Reference cassette copy available in container 000443-138.

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Accession number(s): T2357

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speaker: Guy Richmond, interviewer: Beverly A. MacPherson

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