James Arscott Raleigh BickfordBMJ 2009; 338 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b1664 (Published 27 April 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b1664
- Jane Cox,
- Paul Fisher
Born in Tavistock in 1917, son of Dr Bertram Bickford DSO, naval surgeon, James Arscott Raleigh Bickford grew up in North Devon. Educated at Probus Prep School in Cornwall and Epsom College in Surrey, he went to medical school at St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London. Qualifying in 1941, he became surgeon lieutenant in the Royal Navy (1942-5), serving on board the destroyer HMS Goathland. He was on the Aorangi (requisitioned as a hospital ship) on D Day.
Advised by his father after demobilisation to choose what was not popular, he went to Bodmin Mental Hospital in 1946. Working there and walking over the moors he loved helped to formulate his approach to psychiatric care. Two psychiatric registrar posts followed, one at …