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The Northfield experiment was a therapeutic community which was extremely influential in its day.

It developed at the Northfield Military hospital in Birmingham in the UK and was the result of a collaboration of a number of people who would go on subsequently to develop group therapy and therapeutic communities throughout the country. The group included: Wilfred Bion, Tom Main, Bridger, John Rickman, Maxwell Jones and S. H. Foulkes

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  • Bridger, H. (1996) The Northfield Experiment. Therapeutic Communities Vol. 17, No. 2 : p.p. 81 - 86.
  • Harrison, T. (1996) Battlefields, social fields and Northfield. Therapeutic Communities (1996) Vol. 17, No. 3 : p.p. 145 - 148.
  • Isohanni, M. (1996) The Northfield Experiment fifty years on. Therapeutic Communities (1996) Vol. 17, No. : p.p. 123 - 124.
  • Mandellrote, B. (1996) The Northfield Experiment : Its contribution to developments in psychiatry.Therapeutic Communities Vol. 17, No. 3 : p.p. 149 - 152.
  • Nichol,B Bion and Foulkes at Northfield:The Early Development of Group Psychotherapy in Britain. Full Text

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