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Paterson, M. (1991). Obituary: Masud Khan. Free Associations, 2(1):109-111.

(1991). Free Associations, 2(1):109-111

Obituary: Masud Khan

Mark Paterson

Masud Khan, prince of princes as he described himself, art collector, womanizer, anti-Semite, snob, charmer, cancer victim. He was all these things and more, and surely one of the most colourful, charismatic and controversial figures of his time.

He was by his own account Prince of Kathar, which he claimed was an area of Pakistan bordering Iran, and boasted of vast estates and hundreds of servants. Katha (without the ‘r’) was an Indian sage rather than a place in Pakistan but perhaps this was Masud's joke.

His prowess as a psychoanalyst is examined elsewhere by others, but perhaps it can be said here that, as his life was unorthodox, so was his analysis. It is reported that often he did more talking than listening in his sessions, while brilliantly exacting from his patients information essential to their treatment.

He trained under Anna Freud and, after, Donald Winnicott, with both of whom he formed a close relationship.

For many years very active in the British Psycho-Analytical Society, he was editor of its books and editor of the important International Psycho-Analytical Library, bringing to both collections some remarkable authors such as Melanie Klein, Michael Balint, Anna Freud, Charles Rycroft, John Bowlby and many others.

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