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Ferenczi, S. (1919). Letter from Sándor Ferenczi to Sigmund Freud, Thursday, June 19. The Correspondence of Sigmund Freud and Sandor Ferenczi Volume 2, 1914-1919, 358-361.

Ferenczi, S. (1919). Letter from Sándor Ferenczi to Sigmund Freud, Thursday, June 19. The Correspondence of Sigmund Freud and Sandor Ferenczi Volume 2, 1914-1919 , 358-361

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Sándor Ferenczi

Internationale Psychoanalytische Vereinigung

Budapest, Thursday, June 19

Dear Professor,

Neither the telephone conversation with you nor the news that Margit Garami1 brought me enlightened me as to whether you did or did not receive my detailed letter, in which I reported on all the more important personal and factual events. I mean that letter that I handed over to Dr. Sándor Szabó to forward after he had already learned by coincidence of the serious nature of our patient's suffering. I will refrain from repeating the reports given therein about the more intimate psychic transformations, etc. which I appended to the personal events (marriage, professorship, etc.), and I want above all to orient you once again about our friend's condition.—

As you have certainly learned from my first letter (the one with the “postscript”), at the time dull paresthesias were occurring in his abdomen, to which he immediately reacted with his accustomed hypochondria, with fear of death, discouragement, etc. Faint signs of the tendency to lapse into psychosis were unmistakable. Since the way to Vienna was blocked, I concerned myself with him, found him extremely accessible, communicative, inclined toward transference. The psychotic traits disappeared after a few conversations. Then came the plan for his trip to Vienna (which couldn't be carried out).

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