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Gabbard, G.O. (1998). The Baby and the Bathwater. By Nina Coltart. Madison, CT: International Universities Press, 1996, 172 pp., $35.00. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 46(4):1319.

(1998). Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 46(4):1319

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The Baby and the Bathwater. By Nina Coltart. Madison, CT: International Universities Press, 1996, 172 pp., $35.00

Review by:
Glen O. Gabbard

Until her recent death, Nina Coltart was one of the leading spokespersons for the Middle Group of British psychoanalysis. In this pithy collection of her papers, the reader is exposed to a highly personal view of psychoanalysis that is provocative, clinically useful, and extraordinarily moving. The author provides a summary of how, through years of trial and error, she came to develop her own authentic style as a psychoanalyst. She takes on unusual topics, such as the similarities between Buddhism and psychoanalysis, the lost art of psychoanalytic treatment of psychosomatic conditions, and the fundamental purpose of the psychoanalyst. Because of the considerable clinical wisdom in this little volume, the book is highly recommended to all analysts, not simply those interested in the British school of object relations.

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