Venereal disease examinations in prisons

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      GB 106 AMS/B/05/11
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      GB 106 AMS/4/06
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Scope and Content

Consists of:

- correspondence concerning examination and treatment of those with venereal diseases in prisons and homes (1914-1948). Letter (8 Dec 1914) from 'The Church Army' has an example of the a medical certificate

- manuscript report on conditions in Holloway Prison (17 Nov 1916)

- typescript report from the Medical Defence Union Limited on consent for examination and treatment

- correspondence and printed account of the Brentford case concerning the arrest and examination of Mrs Elizabeth Woodhouse and Miss Emily Kirk in Apr 1917

- copy of report on female prisoners (medical examination) 17 May 1917 from 'Parliamentary Debates. House of Commons' p 1775

- lists of questions for the Home Secretary concerning the Brentford case

- typescript Colonel Carr Calthrop's statement in the case of Kirk and Woodhouse v the Brentford Justices (14 Nov 1927)


- 'Parliamentary Debates. House of Commons', vol 93, no 60, London: HMSO 1917 (see p 1775)

- Parliamentary Debates. House of Commons', vol 92, no 44, London: HMSO 1917 (see p 2393)

- leaflet 'Full details of the Brentford Case', the Association for Moral and Social Hygiene, Apr 1917 (consult The Women's Library printed collections catalogue for copy ref 345.02534 ASS)

Press cuttings:

- 'Police blunder. Bench's wish to 'caution' two innocent women' from 'The Star' (21 Apr 1917)

- 'The barracks station incident' (publication not clear) (21 Apr 1917)

- 'Innocent women. Brentford bench to be asked to explain' from 'The Daily Mail' dated 26 Nov 1917