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The Curious Pattern of a Distinguished Medical Career: A Psychoanalytic Portrait of Edith B. Jackson


Though honored by the American Psychiatric Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics at the end of her career, Dr. Edith B. Jackson was past fifty before she reached her professional potential. She floundered in her sixties and experienced a professional revival in her seventies. This essay offers a psychoanalytic interpretation of that curious pattern and, in the process, suggests some questions and hypotheses that become available to biographers who pursue the psychological, as well as the more traditional, underpinnings of their subjects' lives.