Remembering Anna O

Remembering Anna O

Paperback (14 Nov 1996) | English

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Synopsis

Remembering Anna O. offers a devastating examination of the very foundations of psychoanalytic theory and practice, which was born with the publication of Breuer and Freud's Studies on Hysteria in 1895. Breuer described the case of Anna O., a young woman afflicted with a severe hysteria whom he had cured of her symptoms by having her recount under hypnosis the traumatic events that precipitated her illness.

Drawing on the most recent Freud scholarship and on long-secret documents, Borch-Jacobsen demonstrates, however, that Anna O. (Bertha Pappenheim) was never cured by Breuer's "talking cure" and that both Breuer and Freud knowingly falsified the historical record. Borch-Jacobsen points out the numerous inconsistencies in Breuer's account that suggests that Anna O.'s symptoms were simulated to meet Breuer's theoretical expectations and that her famed "reminiscences" were in fact fictitious memories induced by Breuer in the course of a hypnotic treatment.

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Book information

ISBN: 9780415917773
Publisher: Taylor and Francis
Imprint: Routledge
Pub date:
DEWEY: 150.1952
DEWEY edition: 20
Language: English
Number of pages: 144
Weight: 295g
Height: 216mm
Width: 140mm
Spine width: 13mm