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Strachey, J. (1955). The Chronology of the Case of Frau Emmy von N, Appendix A to Studies on Hysteria. The Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud, Volume II (1893-1895): Studies on Hysteria, 307-309.
    

Strachey, J. (1955). [SEB307a1]The Chronology of the Case of Frau Emmy von N, Appendix A to Studies on Hysteria. The Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud, Volume II (1893-1895): Studies on Hysteria, 307-309

[SEB307a1]The Chronology of the Case of Frau Emmy von N, Appendix A to Studies on Hysteria Book Information Previous Up Next

James Strachey

[SEB307a2]Appendix A

[SEB307a3]The Chronology of the Case of Frau Emmy von N.

[SEB307a4]There are serious inconsistencies in the dating of the case history of Frau Emmy von N. as given in all the German editions of the work and as reproduced in the present translation. The beginning of Freud's first course of treatment of Frau Emmy is assigned to May 1889 twice on p. 48. The course lasted for about seven weeks (pp. 51 n. and 77). Her second course of treatment began exactly a year after the first (p. 78), i.e. in May 1890. This course lasted for about eight weeks (p. 51 n.). Freud visited Frau Emmy on her Baltic estate in the spring of the following year (p. 83), i.e. of 1891. A first contradiction of this chronology appears on p. 85, where the date of this visit is given as May 1890. This new system of dating is maintained at later points. On p. 91 Freud ascribes a symptom that appeared in the second course of treatment to the year 1889 and symptoms that appeared in the first course of treatment twice to the year 1888. He reverts, however, to his original system on p. 102, where he gives the date of his visit to the Baltic estate as 1891.

[SEB307a5]There is one piece of evidence which speaks in favour of the earlier chronology—that is, of assigning Freud's first treatment of Frau Emmy to the year 1888. On p. 101 he remarks that it was while he was studying this patient's abulias that he began for the first time to have grave doubts about the validity of Bernheim's assertion that ‘suggestion is everything’. He expressed these same doubts very forcibly in his preface to his translation of Bernheim's book on suggestion (Freud, 1888-9), and we are told in a letter to Fliess of August 29, 1888 (1950a, Letter 5), that he had already completed the preface by that date. In this letter, too, he writes: I do not share Bernheim's views, which seem to me one-sided. If Freud's doubts were first suggested by his treatment of Frau Emmy, that treatment must therefore have begun in the May of 1888, not 1889.

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