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Childhood Bereavement and Subsequent Psychiatric Disorder

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  29 January 2018

Felix Brown*
Royal Free Hospital, London, W.C.$1


Introductory View

Bereavement is only the most measurable of many possible traumata in childhood; it is fortunately not the commonest and its frequency is still diminishing.

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Copyright © Royal College of Psychiatrists, 1966 

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