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Stanford Bourne

BMJ 2021; 374 doi: (Published 27 August 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;374:n2110
  1. Charles Bourne

Stanford Bourne (“Sandy”) will be especially remembered for his work in the area of bereavement in cases of stillbirth and neonatal death. He was a consultant at the Tavistock Clinic until his retirement in 1993 and was a fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists for over 40 years.

Sandy studied medicine at University College London and University College Hospital. He specialised in psychiatry and became a psychoanalyst, undergoing his training analysis for many years with Hanna Segal.

Work carried out by Sandy, together with his colleague and friend Emanuel Lewis, helped to bring fundamental changes to the way in which the medical and other professions respond to stillbirth and neonatal death. In 1960, as a senior registrar and psychoanalytic …

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