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Houdini's Box: On the Arts of Escape

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.323.7317.873a (Published 13 October 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:873
  1. Raj Persaud, consultant psychiatrist
  1. Maudsley Hospital, London

    Adam Phillips

    Faber and Faber, £9.99, pp 176 ISBN 0 571 20620 4


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    Adam Phillips, a psychotherapist in private practice in London, has written a readable and thought provoking short treatise on the notion of escape. He argues that much of our behaviour can be properly understood only as reflecting an unconscious desire to run away from something that we want to avoid in our lives. Using a factual account of the life of Houdini as a way of …

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