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Ejve, B. Martell, B. Öhrberg, K. (2000). Bertil Edgardh 1918–2000. Scand. Psychoanal. Rev., 23(2):306-307.

(2000). Scandinavian Psychoanalytic Review, 23(2):306-307

Bertil Edgardh 1918–2000

Birgitta Ejve, Barbro Martell and Kjell Öhrberg

The psychoanalyst Bertil Edgardh, Licentiate of Philosophy, died 11 July 2000 at the age of 82. He is survived by his wife Gunnel, also a psychoanalyst, and three daughters, Karin, Ninna and Ingrid with their families.

Bertil Edgardh had his roots in Skåne and Gotland; he studied in Lund and Uppsala. By the time he and his wife Gunnel began their psychoanalytical training at the Swedish Psychoanalytical Society in Stockholm in 1953, he could already point to several accomplishments due to his many and varied talents. He had worked a couple of years as a film director and scriptwriter at the Swedish Film Institute; taken a Licentiate of Philosophy degree in Nordic languages, psychology and phonetics; composed a sound film spectrograph, and served as an instructor of psychology at the Lukas Stiftelse.

Within the Swedish Psychoanalytical Society Bertil Edgardh carried on its tradition of putting a high valuation on education and creativity in all its forms. He studies the Chinese written language, and published several poetry collections, among others, the “Ch'in kvartetten” (Cavefors, 1963). We, his colleagues, had the pleasure of receiving now and then a collection of sonnets or a page of thoughts about life, usually in verse.

Because he was a skilled and experienced psychoanalyst, he could, with his many-faceted personality, focus on the patient's healthy, creative sides. With some patients and colleagues, he made contact because of his acceptance of their differences. His seminars on dreams were legendary. For many years, he was a librarian, building up the Society's library, his pet project. He also worked actively for the psychoanalysts' professional organization, furthering the group's association with Praktikertjänst.

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