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Ferenczi, S. (1908). Letter from Sándor Ferenczi to Sigmund Freud, January 18, 1908. The Correspondence of Sigmund Freud and Sándor Ferenczi Volume 1, 1908-1914, 1-2.

Ferenczi, S. (1908). Letter from Sándor Ferenczi to Sigmund Freud, January 18, 1908. The Correspondence of Sigmund Freud and Sándor Ferenczi Volume 1, 1908-1914, 1-2

Letter from Sándor Ferenczi to Sigmund Freud, January 18, 1908 Book Information Previous Up Next

Sándor Ferenczi

Budapest, January 18, 1908
VII., Erzsébet-körút 541

Dear Professor,

I am very grateful to you that you have declared yourself ready to receive me, unknown that I am, in the company of my colleague Dr. Stein.2 Not only because I am eager to approach personally the professor whose teachings have occupied me constantly now for approximately a year, but also because this meeting promises much that is useful and instructive.

I need erudition more than ever, now that I am about to appear before a partly ignorant, partly misinformed medical audience.3 In view of this I am keeping in mind your axiom that, in order to be true, one must be considerate of one's audience, and I therefore want for the moment to bring out only rather conspicuous, easily understandable facts. The task is very difficult at best; I would only do harm to the cause with a tactless surprise attack and want at least to turn out to be a master in my limitation.4

Forgive me if I get right in medias res. The subject easily overwhelms one.

I thank you again for your cordiality and remain in pleasant anticipation of February 2.

Your most obedient

Dr. Ferenczi

Notes to "Letter from Sándor Ferenczi to Sigmund Freud, January 18, 1908"

1 Ferenczi's letterhead identifies him as a neurologist and royal forensic expert. Erzséebet-körút - Elisabeth-Ring.

2 Philipp (Fülöp) Stein (1867-1918), Hungarian psychiatrist and neurologist; proponent of the antialcohol movement. His and Ferenczi's visit with Freud was arranged by C. G. Jung (Freud/Jung, pp. 65f). Stein had collaborated on the latter's association experiments at the Burghölzli clinic (see letter 2, n. 4), and Ferenczi had also been a guest there (unpublished letter of Jung to Ferenczi, January 10, 1907).

3 On March 28 Ferenczi gave a speech before the Budapest Society of Physicians, “Die Neurosen im Lichte der Freudschen Forschungen” [Actual- and Psycho-Neuroses in the Light of Freud's Investigations and Psycho-Analysis] (Ferenczi 1908, 60; F.C., p. 30); see letter 5, n. 2, and letter 7).

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