Reactions of Medical Personnel and Intimates to Persons with AIDS

  • Bertram Schaffner


People whose lives or work bring them into close contact with victims of acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) cannot help but be deeply affected. I will try to describe some of these situations and their emotional impact, especially as they have come to view in my own practice of psychotherapy and psychoanalysis. I hope that they may, in some measure, be representative and convey the qualities of the human dilemmas and psychiatric challenges they bring with them.


Acquire Immune Deficiency Syndrome Hospital Personnel Acquire Immune Deficiency Syndrome Patient Biological Family Guilt Feeling 


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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • Bertram Schaffner
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  1. 1.William Alanson White Institute of Psychoanalysis and PsychologyNew YorkUSA

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