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In September 1969 I was at the Tavistock Clinic in London on a Thursday morning for the Community mental Health class to be taught by Dr John Bowlby. Early he created the scenario of early humans living on the African Savannah and asked what would happen to the human infant if separated from its mother. There was a long silence. A brash Australian ventured to give a theoretical answer. He responded loudly, “It would be eaten!” That opened the way to learn the fundamental evolutionary biology of the survival of our species and the important knowledge of the development and strength of a babies’ specific attachment to the familiar very close protecting adults.


Dr Geoff Rickarby Consultant Psychiatrist
November 2014