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Enckell, H. Laine, A. Manninen, V. (2012). Eero Rechardt: 1926 - 2012. Scand. Psychoanal. Rev., 35(2):139-140.

(2012). Scandinavian Psychoanalytic Review, 35(2):139-140

Eero Rechardt: 1926 - 2012

Henrik Enckell, Aira Laine and Vesa Manninen

Eero Rechardt, PhD, MD, passed away following a prolonged illness on 30 April 2012, at the age of 85 years.

Rechardt was born in Kajaani, Northern Finland on 11 November 1926. He grew up in Sodankylä, Lappland, where his father worked as a regional forester. He attended secondary school in Helsinki.

During the war, Rechardt served in the anti-aircraft defense that was very important for defense efforts. He graduated as a student in 1945 and as an MD at Helsinki University in 1953. Having worked for a short period in the municipal health care services, Rechardt was among the founders of a psychotherapeutic nursing home in Hvitträsk near Helsinki. He worked there during the years 1955-57.

In the fifties, it was not possible to undergo psychoanalytic training in Finland, and Rechardt was among the pioneers who acquired this training abroad, in Sweden and in Switzerland. He left with his family for Stockholm in 1957. In addition to his psychoanalytic training, he worked in psychiatry, child psychiatry and in an addiction clinic. He returned to Helsinki in 1960. Following that, he specialized in psychiatry at Helsinki University Central Hospital, graduating in 1963, and continued working there as an associate clinical head during 1968-1972. He wrote his dissertation on the psychosomatic aspects of Prurigo Besnier (atopic skin disease). He was nominated as a ‘docent’ in 1972. Following that, Rechardt was a psychoanalyst in private practice until his retirement.

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