Frances Tustin describes the life and clarifies the work of an outstanding clinician whose understanding of autistic and psychotic children has brilliantly illuminated the relationship between autism and psychosis for others in the field. Sheila Spensley defines Tustin's position in traditional and contemporary psychoanalytic theory and explains how it is related to work in infant psychiatry and developmental psychology. She makes Tustin's original concepts accessible to the non-specialist reader and shows how relevant they are to work in other areas such as learning disability and work with adult patients.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements Introduction 1.Growing up in the Bosom of the Church 2.Professional Development 3.The Discovery of Autism and the Search to Understand It 4.Unnatural Children 5.Encapsulation and Entanglement 6.Mental Cataclysm and Black Holes 7.The Frontiers of Consciousness 8.Of Objects: Concrete, Sensory and Transitional 9.Peter 10. Mental Handicap and Mental Illness 11. Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Learning Impairment 12. The Restoration of God Glossary Chronology Bibliography
`A challenging, thoughtful and thought-provoking study not only of Tustin's life and work, but also of the expanding field of analytic inquiry devoted to the understanding of most primitive and disturbed states of mind.' - British Journal of Psychotherapy
`... not only an accurate account of the development of Tustin's clinical practice and theory, but a further elucidation of it an its place in psychoanalytic thinking. ... this book will be part of the ongoing evaluation and devleopment of Tustin's ideas, and is a fitting tribute to her pioneering work.' - Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy