Story of Anna O., The: The Woman Who Led Freud to Psychoanalysis(S2559)

by Lucy Freeman, introduction by Karl A. Menninger, M.D. | Health, Mind & Body | This book has not been rated.
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268pp including bibliography
published, 1972

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Lucy Freeman has combined her skill as a journalist with her considerable understanding of psychoanalysis, to produce this dramatic documentary account of the life of a woman who was possibly the single most important influence on Freudian thought. This is the story of Anna O., whose case history led Freud to develop his theory of the unconscious.

When Dr. Josef Breuer arrived at a house on Liechtensteinstrasse in Vienna in 1880, he thought he had come to treat a young girl for a nervous cough, but when he was shown into the sickroom, he recognized that his patient was suffering from what then was called hysteria. The young doctor stumbled almost accidentally on a method of treatment that his patient referred to as her “talking cure,” a treatment that has benefited patients of psychotherapy for the last three-quarters of a century.

A number of years after Anna O’s treatment had been completed, Mrs. Siegmund Pappenheim and her daughter Bertha arrived in Frankfurt. Bertha became incensed by the plight of the young Jewish girls who were being sold as prostitutes in Turkey. She rescued these girls, setting up an institution for them and for unmarried mothers. A highly respected pioneer in European feminist circles, Bertha Pappenheim died at the age of seventy-seven, her last act being to rescue one of her charges from certain imprisonment in Nazi Germany.

What was the link between Anna O. and Bertha Pappenheim? It was revealed by the English psychoanalyst Ernest Jones in 1953. In her epilogue to THE STORY OF ANNA O., Lucy Freeman adds her own highly sensitive and intelligent analysis of the effect Josef Breuer’s treatment had on the life of the courageous social worker in Frankfurt.

THE AUTHOR
A native New Yorker, Lucy Freeman worked on the New York Times as a general reporter for a number of years, later specializing in news of psychoanalysis and psychiatry. The most than thirty books she has written are predominantly concerned with this field. Among them are Celebrities on the Couch, Farewell to Fear, Fight Against Fears, and her first mystery novel, The Dream, published in 1971. Miss Freeman lives in Manhattan.

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