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Correale, A. (2017). Obituary for Salomon Resnik. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 98(6):1817-1822.

(2017). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 98(6):1817-1822


Obituary for Salomon Resnik

Antonello Correale

When the loss of an important figure, such as Salomon Resnik occurs, the first thought that comes to mind, to compensate at least partially for the pain of that loss, is to remember his work, his thoughts and his profound influence on the field of psychoanalysis and psychiatry.

Resnik was born in Argentina, and came early in his life to Europe where he lived in London. It was in London that he underwent a long analysis with Herbert Rosenfeld. He had already trained and qualified as an analyst in Argentina and this original formation remained informative in his practice. He later moved to Paris where he married a fellow psychoanalyst, Anna Taquini. The experiences of these different contexts had a deep influence on him personally, his thought and on his way of working in analysis. He had connections with Venice, where he kept a house and held many supervisions. He also had the fortune of meeting many important psychoanalysts, in particular Melanie Klein and Wilfred Bion. He spoke often and with affection of the influence these authors had on his thought.

Resnik was interested mostly in psychosis and analyzed many psychotic patients. He wrote many papers and books about psychosis and autism. He was supervisor of many community mental health centers and was much known in Italy especially for this important part of his work.


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