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(p. 169) Introduction
(p. 169) Introduction

Donald W. Winnicott

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date: 21 January 2021

Winnicott’s Introduction to his 1931 book Clinical Notes on Disorders of Childhood in which he imagines a newly trained paediatrician who finds that the majority of the cases he encounters in his early medical career were not to be found in his medical training. These include minor disorders, illnesses with no physical signs, and symptoms which he had not found interesting enough to study, or not sufficiently interesting for the teachers to include or examine. Winnicott aims to illuminate these clinical situations by way of this book of notes on various causes of illness in the child, including those caused by external or environmental factors, congenital defects, ’the anxiety picture’, and childhood nervousness and neuroses, taking into account both internal and external causes.

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