Leslie Sohn

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 24 March 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g2320
  1. Carine Minne

Born in Cape Town in 1919, Leslie Sohn was the youngest of three children, his two sisters several years older. He attended the local public day school and then read medicine at the city’s university. His attachment to the psychiatric department of the university hospital produced clear signs of a profound interest in this field. He completed his house officer posts in Durban and waited for the war to end before coming to England for postgraduate training in psychiatry.

Sohn was delighted to be appointed senior house physician in 1947 to Aubrey Leis at the Maudsley Hospital. In 1948, with the forming of the NHS, his attachment became one of psychiatric registrar and then, senior registrar. The word “psychoanalysis” had not yet entered his vocabulary.

While working at the Maudsley Hospital, he was fortunate to work clinically for Clifford Scott and William Gillespie, who inspired his psychoanalytic interest.

He was encouraged to apply to the Institute of Psychoanalysis, was accepted and supervised by Marion Milner and Hanna Segal, and qualified in 1952. Two of his peers during the training were Sidney Klein and Isabel Menzies-Lyth, with whom …

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