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Widlöcher, D. (2013). André Green (12 March 1927-22 January 2012). Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 94(1):166-167.

(2013). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 94(1):166-167

André Green (12 March 1927-22 January 2012) Related Papers

Daniel Widlöcher

André Green, one of the most brilliant French psychoanalysts, died on 22 January 2012. He was born in Cairo in 1927 into a Jewish family, which belonged to the cosmopolitan Francophone circles that played an active part in the Egyptian capital for many years. He studied at the French Lycée in Cairo, immersing himself in French language and culture but also becoming familiar with English language. This enabled Green to play a crucial role in disseminating French psychoanalytic thought throughout the international community.

Green moved to France in 1945 to pursue higher education and studied medicine with a view to becoming a psychiatrist. As a house officer and then a senior registrar, he soon obtained psychiatric posts in Parisian hospitals. Familiar with the Sainte-Anne Hospital, Green made personal connections with many colleagues and teachers, in particular Henri Ey and Jacques Lacan. He had a personal analysis with Maurice Bouvet, whose death led him to resume treatment with Catherine Parat. He then pursued training at the Paris Psychoanalytical Society, became a member and participated in it throughout his life; he was also the Director of its training institute for several years and he twice served as President.

A strong presence in his Paris Psychoanalytical Society's institutional life and highly attentive to events that influenced the development of psychoanalysis in France, Green was an active colleague in the international life of psychoanalytic institutions. He was Vice-President of the IPA from 1975 to 1977; despite appeals from its President, Edward Joseph, Green preferred not to increase his involvement with the IPA and continued his activities in the Paris Society.

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