The Phenomenology of Responses to External and Internal Threats of Annihilation in War and Disease

  • Claus Bahne Bahnson


In this paper the experiences of individuals who suffered imprisonment and torture by the hand of the Nazis during WW II, and long-term reactions to such experiences, will be compared with the experiences reported by patients with serious and terminal malignant disease. In some cases, patients in psychoanalysis or psychotherapy have had both experiences, i.e. they first suffered the stress of concentration camps during the war, and thirty years or so later developed a malignancy which brought them into therapy.


Breast Disease Concentration Camp External Threat Animal Trainer Guilt Feeling 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1985

Authors and Affiliations

  • Claus Bahne Bahnson
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  1. 1.Medical School, Fresno CampusUniversity of CaliforniaSan FranciscoUSA

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