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A dream of undying fame; how Freud betrayed his mentor and invented psychoanalysis.

9780465017355

A dream of undying fame; how Freud betrayed his mentor and invented psychoanalysis.

Breger, Louis.

Basic Books

2009

146 pages

$22.95

Hardcover

BF109

Breger (psychoanalytic studies, California Institute of Technology) relates the story of how a young Sigmund Freud met physician Josef Breuer in Vienna, how Breuer became his mentor, and how he provided Freud with financial support, patient referrals, and ideas that became part of psychoanalysis. Breuer told Freud about his treatment of Bertha Pappenheim (later known as Anna O.), a female "hysteric" who would become the first case in their joint publication Studies on Hysteria. Freud minimized Breuer's role in the book, as well as their relationship, to pursue fame and his aspirations in psychoanalysis, taking credit as the sole creator of the field. Freud's early life and self-analysis after Studies on Hysteria are also chronicled.

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