Irena Wojdyslawska with friends from the Psychiatric Clinic

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  • Photo taken in:
    Lodz
    Year when photo was taken:
    1960
    Country name at time of photo:
    Poland
    Country name today:
    Poland

This is me and my friends from Psychiatric Clinic: Ryszard Krasilewicz and Adam Bukowczyk. The photo was taken in the 1960s. At that time we were all working as teachers in that Psychiatric Clinic.

In 1951 I completed my coursework, in 1952 I received my diploma. Ever since I started my studies I knew I would choose psychiatry as my specialization.

I worked on my first specialization for three years, then another three years for the second specialization. In 1961 I submitted my doctoral dissertation. I defended it in 1962. The title of the dissertation was 'Criminal Issues in Schizophrenia.'

I started working immediately after I completed the coursework, in 1951, in the J. Babicki Psychiatric Hospital. For two or three years the conditions were very bad, because the women's ward of the clinic was located in the hospital.

I remember huge rooms, very crowded, poor sanitary conditions. But after two or three years we moved into a new building, which housed only the women's ward.

The work conditions and the conditions of treatment improved significantly.

I don't remember patients whose psychiatric illnesses were the result of wartime experiences. Psychiatric illness is not the result of a traumatic experience, it has different roots.

The results of these horrific experiences were acute neuroses. But I did hear that in the 1950s and 1960s there were cases of placing politically inconvenient persons in psychiatric hospitals. But I never encountered a case like that. We had a very nice, very decent team.

In the 1970s I became the director of the clinic. I could consider myself a good physician, although, of course, you always ask yourself for more. I was well liked and respected.

I retired in 1981. I worked for 17 more years, but only in a psychiatric outpatient clinic on Bardowskiego Street. It was part-time work.

Interview details

Interviewee: Irena Wojdyslawska
Interviewer:
Marek Czekalski
Month of interview:
November
Year of interview:
2004
Lodz, Poland

KEY PERSON

Irena Wojdyslawska
Year of birth:
1921
Decade of birth:
1920
City of birth:
Lodz
Country name at time of birth:
Poland
Occupation
after WW II:
Psychiatrist

Other Person

Ryszard Krasilewicz
Year of birth:
1925
City of birth:
Wilno
Occupation
after WW II:
Psychiatrist

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