6 December 2004
FREUD, Sigmund and Joseph BREUER (1842-1925). Studien über Hysterie. Leipzig and Vienna: Franz Deuticke, 1895.
8o (238 x 152mm). (Slight age-toning to margins of leaves.) Original printed yellow wrappers, uncut and partially unopened (rebacked, with portions of original spine laid down); cloth folding case. Provenance: Kunst und Buchhandlung Hugo Heller (contemporary ink stamp on advertisement facing title).
FIRST EDITION. "Studien über Hysterie [Studies in Hysteria], which gives the first detailed account of the free-association method, IS CUSTOMARILY REGARDED AS THE STARTING-POINT OF PSYCHOANALYSIS. Joseph Breuer had discovered the 'cathartic' method of curing hysteria in the early 1880s while treating the patient who would later be immortalized as "Anna O." [this book includes an account of her case]; this patient, who exhibited a myriad of hysterical symptoms, found that they would disappear when she told Dr. Breuer the details of their onset...Freud learned of this interesting case from Breuer shortly after its termination in June 1882...a few years later he began using a combination of hypnosis and the cathartic method in his own neurological practice. From this Freud gradually developed the method of free association, in which the patient was encouraged to say whatever came into his mind however 'nonsensical' or 'irrelevant,' since Freud believed that the patient's statements provided clues about the network of associations already established in his mind, and would thus lead the therapist to the source of the patient's neurosis. 'It was through devising the new method that Freud was enabled to penetrate into the previously unknown realm of the unconscious proper and to make the profound discoveries with which his name is imperishably associated' (Jones I, p.265)." Garrison-Morton 4978; Grinstein 214; Jones I, ch. 11, 13; Norman F25; Standard edition 1893a; Stanford 22.
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