Dr Edward Johnson, MD
Doctor   Edward   Johnson,   MD ,   graduated   from   the   Manitoba   School of Medicine in 1928. He   joined   the   staff   of      SMHC   as   a   psychiatrist   in   1928   and   completed post-graduate   studies   in   psychiatry   at   the   Harvard   University   in   Boston and the John Hopkins Clinic in Baltimore. He    was    initially    the    Assistant    Medical    Superintendent    and    eventually appointed   Superintendent   of   the   Institution   in   1943;   a   position   he   held until   1959   when   he   was   appointed   Provincial   Psychiatrist   for   Manitoba.   In 1953    Doctor    Johnson    was    awarded    by    the    American    Psychiatric Association   a   special   merit   for   administration.   Under   Dr   Johnson’s   guidance,   the   SMHC received    the    first    ever    award    granted    by    the    American    Psychiatric    Association    for    the advancement of care and treatment of patients in mental hospitals. Dr   Johnson   was   also   the   pioneer   of   the   open   ward   policy.   It   is   interesting   to   note   that   in   1939, Dr   Johnson   wrote   a   paper   for   the   Canadian   Medical   Journal   highlighting   the   tremendous benefits   for   Insulin   Shock   Treatment   for   Schizophrenic   patients.   This   paper   can   be   read   on the   Archive   web   site   under   “articles   &   links.   From   1958   to   1959   he   served   as   President   for   the Manitoba Medical Association. During   his   stay   at   Selkirk   he   was   an   active   Rotarian,   he   bowled,   took   figure   skating   lessons and along with his wife Eleanor was a member of a square dance club. Over   the   years,   his   droll   sense   of   humour   served   him   well.   At   the   age   of   ninety-two   he   was admitted   to   the   hospital   with   a   suspected   hip   fracture.   Eleanor,   his   wife   of   sixty   years   sat   at his   bedside   while   the   students   assessed   his   “mental   acuity.”   He   answered   all   their   questions, then,   aware   that   his   wife   was   without   her   hearing   aid,   responded   “I   never   saw   her   before   in my life,” to the final question as to his knowledge of who she was. After   a   long   and   distinguished   career   Dr   Johnson   retired   in   1967,   worked   in   private   practice   in Winnipeg and died in October 1994 at age 92 years. As   a   note   of   interest;   Dr.   Mary   Anne   Johnson,   the   niece   of   Dr.   Johnson,   is   continuing   in   the family footsteps and works at SMHC as a psychologist.