Thorkil Vanggaard

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Thorkil Vanggaard
Born1910 (1910)
Died1998 (1999) (aged 88)

Thorkil Vanggaard (1910–1998) was a Danish psychiatrist and doctor.

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After becoming an MD in 1938, Vanggaard obtained the higher doctorate in 1941. After the war he studied psychoanalysis in the United States and in 1960 became a senior physician at the National Hospital in Copenhagen.

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