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Clark, R.W. (1995). The Pope's Confessor: A Metaphor Relating To Illness In The Analyst. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 43:137-149.

(1995). Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 43:137-149

The Pope's Confessor: A Metaphor Relating To Illness In The Analyst

Rita W. Clark

This paper examines some of the internal and external eventualities in the situation of illness in the analyst. The current emphasis on the use of the self as part of the analyzing instrument makes impairments in the analyst's physical well-being potentially disabling to the analytic work. A recommendation is made for analysts, both individually and as a professional group, to always consider this aspect of a personal medical problem.

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