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Levine, H.B. (1994). Speak of Me as I Am: the Life and Work of Masud Khan: By Judy Cooper. London: Karnac Books, 1993, 176 pp., £14.95.. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 42:1286-1290.

(1994). Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 42:1286-1290

Speak of Me as I Am: the Life and Work of Masud Khan: By Judy Cooper. London: Karnac Books, 1993, 176 pp., £14.95.

Review by:
Howard B. Levine, M.D.

The life story of Masud Khan is the compelling tale of a talented, sometimes brilliant, often controversial and tempestuous figure who violated the bounds of social propriety and ultimately exceeded the canons of analytic ethics and good sense. At the height of his career, Khan was a psychoanalyst of great renown: a prolific contributor to the literature, Honorary Librarian of the British Psycho-Analytical Society, Editor of the International Library of Psycho-Analysis, foreigh co-editor of the Nouvelle Revue de Psychanalyse, Associate Editor of the International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, collaborator and colleague to Winnicott, a distinguished teacher and clinician. The first two volumes of his collected papers, The Privacy of the Self(1974) and Alienation in Perversions(1979), set a high standard for psychoanalytic discourse and helped chart the territory of the treatment of archaic mental states, primitive personality disorders, and the perversions. Then, in midlife, all that he had achieved began to crumble.

In 1971, when he was forty-seven years old, Khan suffered two major losses that, in retrospect, proved to be more than he could bear. The first was the death of Winnicott, with whom he had remained intimately involved following their 15 years of work together as patient and analyst (from 1951 to 1966).

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