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Hoffer, Willi

HOFFER, WILLI

HOFFER, WILLI (1897–1967), Austrian psychiatrist. Born in Vienna, Hoffer participated in a private seminar with Freud and became a member of the Vienna Psychoanalytic Society. In 1938 he moved to London. He edited the International Journal of Psycho-Analysis for seven years and was a director of the Sigmund Freud archives and a consultant to the Hampstead children's clinic directed by Anna *Freud from its inception in 1952. At his death he was the president of the British Psychoanalytic Society. Hoffer's writings deal mainly with children, dating from his first paper on the latency periods following on the resolution of the oedipal phase, and its disturbances. He was concerned especially with the earliest development of the ego and the differentiation of self from non-self in the infant through the mouth-hand relation, as in "Mouth, hand and ego-integration" (in R.S. Eissler et al. (eds.), The Psychoanalytic Study of the Child, 3–4 (1949), 49–56). Other papers of his appeared in the same collection.

bibliography:

New York Times (Oct. 30, 1967), 45. add. bibliography: ndb, vol. 22, 597.

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