Wilfred Abse

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David Wilfred Abse (15 March 1915 – 4 November 2005) was a Welsh psychiatrist.

Abse was born in Cardiff, a brother of the poet Dannie Abse (1923–2014) and the politician Leo Abse (1917–2008). An eminent psychoanalyst, Abse spent the greater part of his career in Charlottesville, Virginia where he was a professor of psychiatry at the University of Virginia from 1962 until 2000.[1] Abse was known for his work in group therapy and hysteria, and contributed to the Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease.[2] It was said that his younger brother Leo got his habit of Freudian allusion in his speeches from Wilfred.[3]


  1. "Inside UVA – Volume 36, Issue 3". University of Virginia. 17 February – 2 March 2006. Retrieved 10 December 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, January 1956 – Volume 123 – Issue 1 – ppg 32–40
  3. Luke Shepherd