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Kahr, B. (2003). Masud Khan's Analysis with Donald Winnicott: On the Hazards of Befriending a Patient. Free Associations, 10(2):190-222.

(2003). Free Associations, 10(2):190-222

Masud Khan's Analysis with Donald Winnicott: On the Hazards of Befriending a Patient

Brett Kahr

“the analyst is under strain in maintaining a professional attitude.” (Winnicott, 1960, p. 18)

Masud Khan (1924-1989), one of the most creative, productive, and intelligent members of the British school of psychoanalysis during the 1950s and 1960s, began to become increasingly unwell in his private life; and he perpetrated many unethical acts with patients, resulting in his eventual expulsion from The British Psycho-Analytical Society and the International Psycho-Analytical Association. In the following article, the author explores the impact of the death of Khan's three analysts — Ella Freeman Sharpe, John Rickman, and Donald Winnicott — as well as the effect of Winnicott's arguably inappropriate use of Khan as a secretary and editor.

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