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Powelson, H. (1960). Psychosomatic Medicine. XXI, 1959: Role of a Vicarious Object in the Adaptation to Object Loss. II. Vicissitudes in the Role of the Vicarious Object. William A. Greene, Jr. Pp. 438-447.. Psychoanal Q., 29:594.
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: Psychosomatic Medicine. XXI, 1959: Role of a Vicarious Object in the Adaptation to Object Loss. II. Vicissitudes in the Role of the Vicarious Object. William A. Greene, Jr. Pp. 438-447.

(1960). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 29:594

Psychosomatic Medicine. XXI, 1959: Role of a Vicarious Object in the Adaptation to Object Loss. II. Vicissitudes in the Role of the Vicarious Object. William A. Greene, Jr. Pp. 438-447.

Harvey Powelson

In a previous article, the author presented studies of thirty-two women who developed lymphoma or leukemia following loss and threat of loss of important objects. In this article, he reports that in thirty-three children suffering from leukemia, the prodromal circumstances included the loss of their status as a vicarious object for the mother. The mothers developed psychological depressive manifestations and the children developed leukemia. Greene postulates that the disruption in this mother-child relationship leads to the manifest somatic illness based on the biological determinants predisposing to leukemia.

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Powelson, H. (1960). Psychosomatic Medicine. XXI, 1959. Psychoanal. Q., 29:594

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