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The LettersThe ‘Spear Head of an Advance’: Bion's Wartime Letters to Rickman

Roper, Michael (2012) 'The LettersThe ‘Spear Head of an Advance’: Bion's Wartime Letters to Rickman.' Psychoanalysis and History, 14 (1). pp. 95-109. ISSN 1460-8235

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Abstract

<jats:p> This article assesses the contributions of Wilfred Bion and John Rickman to military psychiatry in World War II in the light of their lives and careers before the war. While Bion entered World War II with a distinguished record as a tank commander in World War I and an analysis with Rickman that was incomplete, the Quaker and ex-conscientious objector Rickman was surprised to find himself made a Major in the British Army. The creative partnership which Bion's letters to Rickman document, and which resulted in substantial developments in the understanding of groups, stemmed in part from the ways in which each was able to draw on their earlier experiences and reputations, one as a founding figure in the British psychoanalytic community, the other as a decorated veteran. </jats:p>

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Bion; Rickman; military psychiatry; group behaviour; World War I; World War II; biography
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D501 World War I
D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D731 World War II
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 21 Jan 2013 11:00
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2022 00:35
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/5154

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