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(p. 441) Visiting Children in Hospital 

(p. 441) Visiting Children in Hospital
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(p. 441) Visiting Children in Hospital
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Donald W. Winnicott

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780190271350.003.0087
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date: 18 September 2020

In this essay, Winnicott discusses the paradox that although hospital visiting by parents has been taken up and is an improvement in the issue of separation for children and their families, nevertheless Winnicott details how visiting children in hospital can also be disruptive to the serious job of the nursing care of some very sick children. He argues that in some instances it is better to let the children adjust to the hospital environment and be cared for there without the conflicts that regular parental visits can potentially engender.

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