Dr. Wright: I shall describe a boy with ulcerative colitis whom we have been following for the last 15 years. His father is of Swedish extraction, American born. He is a very placid, long-suffering gentleman who enters very little into the picture which follows. His education extended slightly beyond the high school level as he went to college for 2 years at a technical school.
The boy's mother, by contrast, was born in Italy. Her family migrated to this country when she was only 9 months. They settled in Chicago and set up a closely knit family unit which spoke Italian most of the time. His mother grew up under circumstances which made her feel considerably inferior to persons around her. She had a younger sister of whom she was very jealous during the early part of her life. She also had many feelings of resentment toward her mother from whom she apparently received little or no affection. During her early childhood she had clubbed feet which were corrected by her mother by the application of an apparatus which was painful and which caused her to cry a good ideal without receiving much solace from her mother. Her education extended only through grammar school, with the addition of 2 years of secretarial training. After this, she never held a job for any length of time. She worked sporadically as a waitress. She lived at home with her family and became closely attached to them. In spite of her feeling toward her mother, she was quite dependent upon her.
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