Lives of the fellows

Robert Mundy Gover

b.? d.5 June 1897

Robert Gover studied medicine at St. Bartholomew’s Hospital and in Paris, and qualified in the year 1856. He spent the whole of his professional life in the prison service. He was first appointed, in 1857, assistant medical officer to Portsmouth prison. In 1860 he was transferred to Millbank as resident surgeon and five years later placed in medical charge of the prison. Millbank was then one of the more important prisons, catering for military prisoners, epileptics and the mentally deficient, in addition to ordinary offenders. Thus Gover had gained a wide experience when he was made a medical inspector of prisons in 1878 — the year in which local prisons came under the Crown’s control. He was partly responsible for drawing up a uniform scale of diet and gave evidence before the Commission which enquired into criminal lunacy in 1880 and the Commission enquiring into the management of prisons in 1896. His death took place at Falmouth, a year after he had retired.

G H Brown

[Lancet, 1897]

(Volume IV, page 294)

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