Professor le Riche wrote extensively on health care, preventative medicine, nutrition, disease prevention and related topics throughout his academic and medical career and after retirement. Other interests included immigration, population control, and land use.
This series contains letters to the editor of Globe and Mail and other newspapers and journals, book reviews, manuscripts of published and unpublished articles and books and some offprints. In addition to manuscripts and offprints, the files may contain covering correspondence, notes, commentary, press clippings and reviews. Letters to the editor may also be found in Series 1 (in scrapbooks) and Series 2 (correspondence). The arrangement is chronological in each accession, but material relating to a single manuscript or publication may be spread over several accessions.
Dr. le Riche’s early writings relate to his training as an epidemiologist and his work as a researcher and medical officer in South Africa. He drew heavily on his interest in nutrition amongst the African, Eurafrican and poor rural whites, first in Natal and latterly at Knysna in Cape Province. Once in Canada, he continued to write up the results of his research in South Africa, but also to draw on his work with Physicians’ Services Inc., producing a number of articles and studies on nutrition and prepaid medical care plans.
After joining the School of Hygiene at the University of Toronto, Dr. le Riche’s writings reflected a broader range of issues relating to nutrition, the epidemiology of infectious diseases, a variety of concerns affecting the work of doctors, including doctor-patient relations and, in the early 1960s, the impact of the introduction of the national medical care plan. Other areas of research included cigarette smoking and alcoholism, and tropical diseases and, especially after retirement, immigration, population control and food supply. His major works include Physique and nutrition (1948), The control of infections, with special reference to a survey in Ontario (1966), People look at doctors, and other relevant matters: The Sunnybrook health attitude survey and Epidemiology as medical ecology (both 1971), The downtown Toronto health attitude survey (1974), The complete family book of nutrition and meal planning (two editions, 1976 and 1980), and A chemical feast (1982). His memoirs, in four volumes, were published privately in 1993.