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Fordham, M. (1977). Meltzer, D., Bremner, J., Hoxter, S., Weddell, D., Wittenberg, I. Explorations in autism—a psychoanalytic study. Strath Tay, Clunie Press. 1975. Pp. 250. £6.. J. Anal. Psychol., 22(2):192-194.

(1977). Journal of Analytical Psychology, 22(2):192-194

Meltzer, D., Bremner, J., Hoxter, S., Weddell, D., Wittenberg, I. Explorations in autism—a psychoanalytic study. Strath Tay, Clunie Press. 1975. Pp. 250. £6.

Review by:
Michael Fordham

Edited by:
Kenneth Lambert

It has long been my hope that Kleinian psychoanalysts would investigate autism. In 1955 Rodrigue published a pioneering paper and promised more, but nothing has appeared until now—twenty years later. It was therefore with high expectations that I approached this volume.

Autistic children stir people with a mixture of feelings that are difficult to contain, and this makes it necessary, when entering into a therapeutic relation with them, to include the affect produced. Kleinians, it seemed to me, would have the capacity through their imaginative insights, their disciplined theory and their views on the part played by counter transference, to organise and communicate with these children in a unique way. Their openness to unconscious influence, the despair of those who follow the perversely objective approach, would be likely to produce innovative information. I was not disappointed.

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