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Wolman, T. (1994). The Work and Play of Winnicott: By Simon A. Grolnick, M.D. Northvale, NJ/London: Jason Aronson, Inc., 1990. 222 pp.. Psychoanal Q., 63:367-370.

(1994). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 63:367-370

The Work and Play of Winnicott: By Simon A. Grolnick, M.D. Northvale, NJ/London: Jason Aronson, Inc., 1990. 222 pp.

Review by:
Thomas Wolman

This book is an entertaining, readable introduction to the burgeoning field of Winnicott studies. The author, a psychiatric educator and psychoanalyst, held the position of Chairman of the Winnicott Committee supervising Winnicott Archives for the Oskar Diethelm History of Psychiatry Library of the Payne Whitney Psychiatric Clinic. In part, his book reflects a concern about the wider dissemination of Winnicott's ideas that the committee is helping to bring about. This concern is expressed in the first chapter of the book entitled, "Why Winnicott Now?": "The obvious danger with the arrival of any new body of ideas is that they become fashionable and the surface of the ideas is mistaken for the substance.

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