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Friend, R.L. (1983). Linking Objects and Linking Phenomena. A Study of the Forms, Symptoms, Metapsychology, and Therapy of Complicated Mourning: By Vamik D. Volkan, M.D. New York: International Universities Press, Inc., 1981. 398 pp.. Psychoanal Q., 52:616-620.

(1983). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 52:616-620

Linking Objects and Linking Phenomena. A Study of the Forms, Symptoms, Metapsychology, and Therapy of Complicated Mourning: By Vamik D. Volkan, M.D. New York: International Universities Press, Inc., 1981. 398 pp.

Review by:
Robert L. Friend

This book derives from fifteen years of clinical study and treatment of the complications of mourning. Buttressed by examination of the literature and a wealth of rich clinical material, it develops a nosology of the complications of mourning and a varied approach to its treatment. The latter ranges from psychoanalysis proper to a form of brief psychotherapy described as "consonant with psychoanalysis, in spite of its avoidance of a ripened transference neurosis" (p. 212). Throughout

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