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Does the Group Mind if I Eat My Bagel Now?

WithBERNARD FRANKEL, MARTI B. KRANZBERG

My on-going psychodynamic group of four men and three women has been running for ten years. Most of clients have been in the group for at least several years, and some for as long as eight years. About six months ago, one member, Paul, became very ill and landed in the hospital. He got C. Difficile from antibiotics associated with a prostate biopsy. He lost a lot of weight from colitis, became malnourished, and needed IV antibiotics. He was in the hospital for more than a month (he almost died) and then was at home recovering for many weeks before he returned to group.