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(p. 79) Symptom Tolerance in Paediatrics: A Case History 

(p. 79) Symptom Tolerance in Paediatrics: A Case History
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(p. 79) Symptom Tolerance in Paediatrics: A Case History
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Donald W. Winnicott

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780190271367.003.0017
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date: 21 January 2021

In this essay, Winnicott discusses the case of a boy whose cure depended on only three psychotherapeutic sessions followed up by care at home. The boy had started well in life, but there was a disturbance in his emotional development from aged two years, from when he regressed. Winnicott describes his sessions and shows the squiggles they worked on together. This child needed some personal help from Winnicott, but as for many other cases, the real therapy was carried out by the home. The boy, Philip, was accepted by the parents as a special case, an ill child needing to be allowed to become more ill.

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