Hanna Segal

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 21 September 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d5238
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Psychotherapist who popularised the work of Melanie Klein

Hanna Segal, who has died at the age of 93 in London, where she had lived and worked since the second world war, was one of the United Kingdom’s best known psychoanalysts. She had a worldwide reputation as a leading exponent of the work of Melanie Klein and for making substantial contributions to psychoanalytic theory and practice in a career that lasted more than 60 years.

Unusually, she was also well known outside her clinical specialty. Following her wide cultural interests, particularly in art and literature, and her political convictions she showed the value of using psychoanalytic ideas to understand these disciplines and human knowledge in general.

Polish socialist

Hanna Segal was born in Lodz, Poland, where her father was a barrister, art critic, and newspaper editor. The family lived for some time in Geneva although Segal finished her education in Warsaw. As …

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