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Freud, S. (1917). Letter from Sigmund Freud to Sándor Ferenczi, January 22, 1917. The Correspondence of Sigmund Freud and Sandor Ferenczi Volume 2, 1914-1919, 175.

Freud, S. (1917). Letter from Sigmund Freud to Sándor Ferenczi, January 22, 1917. The Correspondence of Sigmund Freud and Sandor Ferenczi Volume 2, 1914-1919 , 175

Letter from Sigmund Freud to Sándor Ferenczi, January 22, 1917 Book Information Previous Up Next

Sigmund Freud

Vienna, January 22, 1917
IX., Berggasse 19

Dear friend,

Today I wanted to return your notes on Lamarck to you, but I discovered that I don't own such a large envelope, and will therefore postpone doing so until tomorrow. The one sentence about penetrating physics and biology impresses me as a grand epistemological program, which I won't judge, but will carefully keep in my memory. I have noted, with great satisfaction over the success of my suggestions, what a great part your productive as well as critical works have played in filling our Zeitschrift, which we are very proud to have maintained at such a high level.

My work on Lamarck is being very much delayed by conditions. I am still awaiting some books that I have ordered; I can't get others, about which I was at Grobben's, and I wrote to the court library. The university library is terribly time-consuming, and is being made very difficult for me now that I have more patients in the morning. It is also so cold in my room in the evening that my production is freezing. The gas oven doesn't heat properly.

So, I accepted at Harmonia but postponed the visit until spring. The difficulty is still the same: What should one talk about in front of an unqualified audience in an hour?

Bárány is going to Uppsala as a professor at the end of March. With that, my prospects for the prize increase from five to six percent. Little difference for the end result.1

The silly Helberg2 woman (geographic association) surfaced here. Her catarrh, which was diagnosed by Dr. Lévy, was called into question by other doctors; so I had it confirmed here by Dr. Hitschmann and handed her over to him.

Anna also has a suspicious cough with general symptoms and is under observation, and will probably need a longer vacation.3

The times are being dominated by a stifled expectation, and a certain dullness permeates the spirit. Let us hope your interesting conditions of illness are again in the process of withdrawal.

I greet you kindly.



Notes to "Letter from Sigmund Freud to Sándor Ferenczi, January 22, 1917"

1 See letter 573 and n. 7.

2 In Protokolle IV, 300, the name of this patient of Ferenczi's (the “Swedish woman”) is spelled with two l's.

3 Anna's condition was later diagnosed as tuberculosis (Young-Bruehl, Anna Freud, p. 78).

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