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OBITUARY | The nerd who gave SA’s attitude to sex a shot of Viagra

World-renowned psychiatrist Bernard Levinson, who was prepared to try just about anything, has died at 94

Chris Barron

Bernard Levinson, who has died in Johannesburg at the age of 94, was a world-renowned psychiatrist and doyen of the profession in SA, where he pioneered sex therapy and the use of hypnosis in the treatment of patients.

He influenced a generation of young clinical psychologists and psychiatrists who idolised him for his willingness to challenge mainstream assumptions and conventional wisdom, going where no-one in the mental health profession had thought, or dared, to go before.

He encouraged them to think out of the box in ways far removed from anything they’d been taught at university or read in text books...

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