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About the Author

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Jan Pols was born in the Hague in 1936. He attained his degree in medicine at the University of Leiden in 1961. As a conscientious objector, he was assigned alternative military duty at a psychiatric institution in Avereest, in the province of Overijssel in the Netherlands. Afterwards he specialized in neurology and psychiatry at the University of Groningen.

From 1968 until 1996 Dr. Pols directed the out-patient clinic of the psychiatric institution in the town of Assen, in the Dutch province of Drenthe. Since 1996 he sees patients in his private practice for psychiatry and psychotherapy. Throughout his career he has also been especially active in training psychiatrists and psychotherapists and in serving on a national advisory board for determining the content of psychiatric training. He has published over 200 articles.

Dr. Pols lives in Assen. In his spare time he enjoys playing the piano and touring the countryside on foot. He and his wife have four children.