Considering that introductory books cannot replace an author's original words, and that Bion's concepts are often found to be difficult to grasp, the author has compiled an unusual style of dictionary. He assembles relevant quotations from Bion's texts together with the meaning of concepts and their place in the history of their development. the author presents Bion's work as it is, rather than to convey his own opinions, although he does include his own insightful comments between entries in order to clarify certain issues. This well-organized dictionary will be a valuable tool in deepening the apprehension of Bion's compacted style of writing.
Paulo Cesar Sandler, MD, MSc, MhFAB, is a Training Analyst at the Sociedade Brasileira de Psicanalise de Sao Paulo, Psychiatrist at the Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (IMREA) at the Hospital das Clinicas, Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade de Sao Paulo, and author of several books in Portuguese. He has written many papers and book chapters, some of which have been published in English and French. He has translated most of Bion's books and papers into Portuguese and has organized several international meetings on the work of Bion. Dr Sandler currently teaches in a post-graduate course at the University of Sao Paulo, and at the Institute of Psycho-Analysis of the SBPSP, giving courses about the work of Freud, Klein and Bion. He has worked in private psychoanalytic practice since 1974, having previously worked with psychotics in a traditional in-patient clinic, as well as in group-oriented community psychiatry, including epidemiology of mental disorders, in the local Public Health School.