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Lucas, R. (1995). Unimaginable Storms: A Search For Meaning in Psychosis. : By Murray Jackson and Paul Williams. Karnac Books. London. 1994. Pp. 248.. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 76:205-207.

(1995). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 76:205-207

Unimaginable Storms: A Search For Meaning in Psychosis. : By Murray Jackson and Paul Williams. Karnac Books. London. 1994. Pp. 248.

Review by:
Richard Lucas

Sir Dennis Hill, when Professor of Psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry and the Maudsley Hospital, provided his beds for the purpose of the application of psychoanalytic ideas in general psychiatry. John Steiner, who wrote the foreword of this book, was the first psychoanalytically-trained consultant to the Unit. When, in 1975, he moved to the Tavistock Clinic, Murray Jackson was appointed as his successor.

This book describes Murray Jackson's work on the unit over the 13-year period until his retirement in 1987, when the unit closed. The unit consisted of 11 beds on a 22-bed ward, shared with Professor Cawley, who was not an analyst but had an eclectic approach to general psychiatry.

The book starts with a background description of the two authors. Murray Jackson was born in Australia and came to train at the Maudsley 45 years ago. Initially he trained in analytical psychology, becoming familiar with Jung's work on psychosis. Subsequently he trained as a psychoanalyst, influenced by Klein, Rosenfeld, Segal, Bion and particularly Henri Rey, who was working in the Psychotherapy Department at the Maudsley. He worked part-time in the unit and part-time in analytic practice.

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