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Grotjahn, M. (1943). Pregnancy Following the Decision to Adopt: Douglass W. Orr. Psychosomatic Med., III, 1941, pp. 441–446.. Psychoanal Q., 12:297.
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: Pregnancy Following the Decision to Adopt: Douglass W. Orr. Psychosomatic Med., III, 1941, pp. 441–446.

(1943). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 12:297

Pregnancy Following the Decision to Adopt: Douglass W. Orr. Psychosomatic Med., III, 1941, pp. 441–446.

Martin Grotjahn

The married couple reported by the author had been infertile for many years. Psychoanalysis of both partners, and operations and endocrine treatment of the wife could not break the vicious circle of psychic and somatic difficulties resulting in infertility. The decision to adopt a child broke the circle and it was then 'permitted for the wife to become a mother'. It seems that conception and adoption occurred at nearly the same time.

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Grotjahn, M. (1943). Pregnancy Following the Decision to Adopt. Psychoanal. Q., 12:297

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