Dr. Karol de Beaurain – a psychiatrist’s profile. Part 2
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Submission date: 2016-05-05
Final revision date: 2016-07-26
Acceptance date: 2016-08-29
Online publication date: 2017-03-10
Publication date: 2017-06-18
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Edyta Dembińska   

Uniwersytet Jagielloński Collegium Medicum, ul. Lenartowicza 14, 31-138 Kraków, Polska
Psychiatr Pol 2017;51(3):575-588
The paper sets out to recall the profile of Karol de Beaurain, a psychiatrist, who was one of first Poles to use the psychoanalytic method in treatment. So far, he has been mostly known as the one who was Witkacy’s psychoanalyst. Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz and Eugenia Dunin-Borkowska are the first patients who are known by their names and who received psychoanalytic treatment in the history of the Polish medicine. Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz’s letters and drawings originating from the psychoanalysis period served as a source of information about Witkacy’s psychoanalysis. The paper illustrates dr Beaurain’s fate during World War I when he was first a military doctor in Skoczów and then an assistant in prof. Piltz’s Neurological-Psychiatric Clinic in Kraków where he actively participated in the creation of a multidimensional programme of war neurosis treatment. After the war finished, initially Beaurain stayed at his assistant post at the Psychiatric Clinic in Kraków but then in 1921 he relocated to the National Psychiatric Hospital in Dziekanka near Poznań. With his professional expertise he contributed to the strengthening of the Great Poland region psychiatry that had experienced qualified personnel shortages after the German qualified staff left. The growing numbers of patients and the overload of professional duties were probably the factors that led to dr. Beaurain’s premature death while he was holding the position of the head physician at the National Psychiatric Hospital in Owińska in February 1927.
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