A Case of Hysteria reveals how Freud dealt with patients and interpreted their statements. A crucial text in the development of his theories, it is famous for its literary qualities, and the story of 'Dora' and her unhappy family is as dramatic as a modern novel. This new translation includes a fascinating introduction to the work.
'I very soon had an opportunity to interpret Dora's nervous coughing as the outcome of a fantasized sexual situation.'A Case of Hysteria, popularly known as the Dora Case, affords a rare insight into how Freud dealt with patients and interpreted what they told him. The 18-year-old 'Dora' was sent for psychoanalysis by her father after threatening suicide; as Freud's enquiries deepened, he uncovered a remarkably unhappy and conflict-ridden family, with several competing versions of their story. The narrative became a crucial text in the evolution of his theories, combining his studies on hysteria and
his new theory of dream-interpretation with early insights into the development of sexuality. The unwitting preconceptions and prejudices with which Freud approached his patient reveal his blindness and the broader attitudes of turn-of-the-century Viennese society, while his account of 'Dora's' emotional
travails is as gripping as a modern novel.
This new translation is accompanied by a substantial introduction which sets the work in its biographical, historical, and intellectual context, and offers a close and critical analysis of the text itself.
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Dora remains shocking, infuriating, enthralling, and inspiring. It is an indispensable text for anyone wanting to get to grips with psychiatry. The Lancet, Niall Boyce
Sigmund Freud wurde 1856 in Freiberg (Mähren) geboren. Nach dem Studium der Medizin wandte er sich während eines Studienaufenthalts in Paris, unter dem Einfluss J.-M. Charcots, der Psychopathologie zu. Anschließend beschäftigte er sich in der Privatpraxis mit Hysterie und anderen Neurosenformen. Er begründete die Psychoanalyse und entwickelte sie fort als eigene Behandlungs- und Forschungsmethode sowie als allgemeine, auch die Phänomene des normalen Seelenlebens umfassende Psychologie. 1938 emigrierte Freud nach London, wo er 1939 starb.