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Volume 53 Issue 2 (June 1980), Pages 95-192

Transient paranoia and the ‘gift’ in terminal illness (pages 155-159)

A case report of a transient paranoia in a man with a terminal illness is presented with three basic aims: (1) to highlight the delicate nature of the treatment of the gravely ill and to illustrate what may have been an iatrogenic panic; (2) to examine the development of the symptoms in such a way as to suggest a theoretical synthesis of the views of Kurt Eissler and those of D. W. Winnicott; (3) to illustrate the dramatic effect of a brief, dynamically informed intervention.

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