By Brett Kahr
A distillation of painstaking study into the lifetime of Donald Winnicott, tracing his lifestyles from his early life in Plymouth, via his occupation in paediatrics, to his election as President of the British Psycho-Analytic Society. the writer makes many fascinating hyperlinks among Winnicott's existence and the advance of his theories.
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They manufactured women's corsets (Phillips, 1988); they produced sweets and assorted con fectionery (Fuller, 1987), including the well-known local treat, Winnicott Sweets; and they also served as outfitters for the sailors in the Royal Navy, as their shop proved rather convenient for the multitude of seamen who embarked at Plymouth. Accord INFANCY AND CHILDHOOD 3 ing to Richard Winnicott's grandson, Mr Peter Woolland (per sonal communication, 22 September 1994), the two brothers got on "extremely well", and after a long day at work they would often play billiards together.
H i s c u r r i c u l u m consisted of biology, zoology, physiology, a n d anatomy, the prerequisites for his subsequent clinical studies a n d hospital posts. Winnicott seems to have found the pre-medical course at the University of Cambridge exceedingly dry: "The physiology I learned was cold, that is to say, it could be checked up by careful examination of a pithed frog or a heart-lung preparation. Every effort was made to eliminate variables s u c h a s emotions" (Winnicott, 1957g, p. 35). Although Winnicott completed his studies at Cambridge, he received only a mediocre third-class Bachelor of Arts degree.
The Leys Fortnightly, 2 J u n e 1911, p. 267), who de scribed Winnicott on the cricket pitch a s *Very plucky in attempting to stop h a r d drives". During the winter a n d spring terms of 1911 Winnicott con tinued with h i s studies a n d with h i s participation in athletic events. He joined the choir, a n d he also became a member of the School Scouts. A s he h a d no lessons during the afternoons, he used this time for running, swimming, cycling, a n d playing rugby (Clare Winnicott, 1978).
D.W. Winnicott: A Biological Portrait by Brett Kahr