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(p. 311) Review: Shared Fate: By H. David Kirk (New York/London: Free Press/Collier-Macmillan, 1964) 

(p. 311) Review: Shared Fate: By H. David Kirk (New York/London: Free Press/Collier-Macmillan, 1964)
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(p. 311) Review: Shared Fate: By H. David Kirk (New York/London: Free Press/Collier-Macmillan, 1964)
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Donald W. Winnicott

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10.1093/med:psych/9780190271398.003.0044
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date: 18 November 2019

Winnicott’s review of Shared Fate by David Kirk, on adoption. The ‘shared fate’ refers to the parent’s capacity for empathy with their adopted child with the parents’ own experience of deprivation, namely, the state of childlessness before adoption. While much that is important in adoption is not included, and while it references almost exclusively American works, Winnicott writes that the book succeeds in presenting an immense amount of work done in a limited area on the total field of adoption.

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