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(p. 255) A Tendency in Therapeutics 

(p. 255) A Tendency in Therapeutics
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(p. 255) A Tendency in Therapeutics
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Donald W. Winnicott

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780190271343.003.0040
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date: 21 January 2018

In this essay, Winnicott deals with the theory that mental illnesses are disorders of emotional development and that there is no sharp line between mental health and mental illness. He stresses the importance of medical students being informed correctly about the relation of mental illness—both neurosis and psychosis—to normal emotional development. Winnicott states his belief that the best trend in modern psychiatry is inviting mentally ill people to ask for mental hospital treatment early in their illness.

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