About D.W. Winnicott
Donald Woods Winnicott (1896–1971) was one of Britain's foremost pediatricians and psychoanalysts. He studied at the Leys School and at Jesus College, both in Cambridge, before training as a physician at St. Bartholomew's Hospital in London. He worked at Queen's Hospital and Paddington Green Children's Hospital and in private practice with adults and children from the 1930s until his death. During the Second World War, he made BBC broadcasts to parents and worked with his second wife, Clare, in the Oxfordshire Evacuation Scheme. After the war, they contributed to the government planning of Children's Services.
Donald Woods Winnicott was well known for his use of the 'squiggle game' in child psychoanalytic practice. Along with Anna Freud and Melanie Klein, Winnicott incorporated elements of play in his therapeutic approaches as a means of understanding adult associations, behavioural and internalised expression, or in order to develop an authentic self. Explore their lives, and contributions to the field, courtesy of the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.