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┆Oral history interview with Maxwell Jones and his wife, Chris Jones
**Name**: Maxwell Jones
**Biographical summary:** Maxwell Jones's early work was at Mill Hill Hopsital investigating the relationship between chest pains and stress in soldiers during the Second World War. He later looked at ex-prisonors of war at the Belmont Hospital and then moved onto Henderson Hospital, setting up a unit for those with psychopathic disorders. After this, Jones became a visiting Professor at Stanford University before returning back to the UK as Physican Superintendant at Dingleton Hospital, Melrose. On his retirement, he returned to North America to take on consultancy roles. Jones's work involved using the peer group in order to help people change behaviours and learn about their emotions. Each was helped to become more aware of the thinking and feelings of others and more aware of the effect of their own contribution. Patterns of malfunctioning were identified with help towards change.
**Brief summary of interview**: Jones discusses about his time working at Mill Hill Hospital during the Second World War where he was super-intendant of the Pyschosomatic Unit. He talks about recognising the positive impact made by, and the importance of, the peer group in a hospital setting and how this influenced his later work. He discusses his unpublished papers relating to his work and individuals he met in North America. He also discusses his childhood and family members that have influenced him. In the later part of the interview, Jones discusses visiting South Africa during apartheid along with working with international colleagues such as Norwegians. He talks about training techniques and his time at Dingleton and also gives his opinon of figures such as Melanie Klein, Anna Freud and Donald Winnicott.
Contains some offensive language.
**Date of recording:** 07 August 1990
**Recording length**: 00:41:36, 00:45:36, 00:45:19 and 00:43:07