Fonds MG 249 - M.O. Vincent fonds

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M.O. Vincent fonds

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MG 249

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  • 1943-2001, predominant 1968-1988 (Creation)

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1.82 metres of textual records
1 photograph

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Merville O. Vincent was born in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island on 21 November 1930. He earned a BA from Acadia University in 1950 and his medical degree from Dalhousie University in 1955; and later received his certificate in internal medicine (1960), fellowship in psychiatry (1962), and diploma in community mental health (1972). Between 1954 and 1959 he held internships or residencies in both psychiatry and internal medicine, and was clinical instructor of internal medicine at the University of Michigan from 1959-1960. In 1960, he returned to Canada, having accepted a position as staff psychiatrist at the Homewood Sanitarium in Guelph, Ontario - the largest private psychiatric hospital in the country. By 1972 he had been named executive director of Homewood, remaining in that office until he resigned from Homewood to take up private practice in Salmon Arm, British Columbia, in 1986. In addition to his own practice Vincent served as staff psychiatrist for the Shuswap Lake General Hospital (1986-1997), president of their medical staff (1988-1991), and took locams as a consultant psychiatrist in Australia and New Zealand. He retired from his medical practice in 1998. During his career Vincent published a book, God, Sex and You, and over 120 articles, chapters and essays in both medical and religious publications. In addition to other various honours, Dr. Vincent was awarded the Queen's Jubilee Medal and was a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

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This material was given by Dr. Vincent to Dr. James Holmlund, a colleague; Dr. Holmlund, with Vincent's agreement, transferred it to the archives.

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This fonds contains materials relating to the initial research into physician health care. Vincent was one of the pioneers in this field, and much of his research and interests relate to the identification of and assistance for physicians under duress in their working, private, and spiritual lives. In addition, there is material relating to the development of the Palliative Care Movement at the Royal Victoria Hospital, Montreal, in the early 1970's, as well as material regarding Christianity and medicine, ethics, alcohol abuse, marriage and family relationships, etc.

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