Witnessing across Time: Accessing the Present from the Past and The Past from the Present

@article{Stern2012WitnessingAT,
  title={Witnessing across Time: Accessing the Present from the Past and The Past from the Present},
  author={Donnel B. Stern},
  journal={The Psychoanalytic Quarterly},
  year={2012},
  volume={81},
  pages={53 - 81}
}
  • D. Stern
  • Published 1 January 2012
  • Psychology
  • The Psychoanalytic Quarterly
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