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Halpert, E. (2009). Some Aspects of the Psychoanalytic Psychology of Physicians. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 90(5):1039-1056.

(2009). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 90(5):1039-1056

Some Aspects of the Psychoanalytic Psychology of Physicians

Eugene Halpert

(Final version accepted 6 April 2009)

An earlier publication (Halpert, 1994) dealt with patients' magical expectations of physicians. In this presentation, aspects of physicians' expectations of themselves as doctors will be explored. This exploration will include material from the history of medicine, a series of interviews with non-patients and the analyses of two physicians. One element in the psychology of physicians not previously appreciated that can be drawn out of this material is the role and importance of knowledge and knowing and their relation to illness, death, rescue fantasies and reality in the psychology of physians.

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