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The TurnstoneA Doctor's Story$
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Geoffrey Dean

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780853237570

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846314292

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Arrested!

Arrested!

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(p.140) Chapter 16 Arrested!
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The Turnstone
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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9780853237570.003.0016

This chapter focuses on the author's concerns over the treatment of prison inmates. The rising incidence of porphyria variegata in South Africa prompted him to examine the records of patients who had died at the Provincial Hospital in Port Elizabeth. The author then discovered the deaths of several patients admitted to hospital from prisons, with what appeared to be multiple injuries. His efforts to call attention to the cruelty suffered by prisoners resulted in his arrest in 1965.

Keywords:   South Africa, prisons, prisoners, porphyria variegata

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