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Links between the life of John Bowlby and his theory of attachment are explored in a free new exhibition at the Royal Society of Medicine in London.

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John Bowlby with his grandson on the Isle of Skye, 1968, photographed by his son Sir Richard Bowlby

Links between the life of John Bowlby and his theory of attachment are explored in a free new exhibition at the Royal Society of Medicine in London.

Looked after by a nanny, he was just four when she left. His writings described the impact on a child when a caregiver leaves. ‘Intimate attachments to other human beings are the hub around which a person’s life revolves,’ he said.

Kate White, psychotherapist at the Bowlby Centre and curator said, ‘I am delighted to have put together seldom-seen letters and photographs from the John Bowlby Archive at the Wellcome Library. The material has been curated to trace our understanding of the universal need for others across the lifespan and how this develops in a cultural and social context.’

• The show runs until 29 April, http://thebowlbycentre.org.uk

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