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Ferenczi, S. (1919). Letter from Sigmund Freud to Sándor Ferenczi, December 3, 1919. The Correspondence of Sigmund Freud and Sandor Ferenczi Volume 2, 1914-1919, 371-372.

Ferenczi, S. (1919). Letter from Sigmund Freud to Sándor Ferenczi, December 3, 1919. The Correspondence of Sigmund Freud and Sandor Ferenczi Volume 2, 1914-1919 , 371-372

Letter from Sigmund Freud to Sándor Ferenczi, December 3, 1919 Book Information Previous Up Next

Sándor Ferenczi

Vienna, December 3, 1919
IX., Berggasse 19

Dear friend,

If it is true that I can write to you again, then that is already a relief in such agonizing times. Toni's condition is bad, and certainly his general condition is far worse than is explicable from palpable findings and vicissitudes to date, so the suspicion arises that, in the depths, uncontrollable advances of the illness are being prepared. He himself has calculated the date of December 12 (from certain fantasies of retaliation), and sometimes I wonder whether he will hold to it. He often gives the impression of having secluded himself from the world, transported from life. You certainly know the facts from what Lajos has said. In the next few days Holzknecht1 is supposed to initiate radiation therapy, combined with insertion of radium. As I can attest, Schütz has done everything medical in a very proper and timely manner; unfortunately he, too deeply moved himself, doesn't know how to arouse the impression of certainty. The direction of the sickbed is in the hands of Margit, who is behaving splendidly, keeping Kata under control and maintaining Rószi. She probably won't collapse herself until afterwards.

I saw Garami once and still didn't get an opportunity to thank him, but I know about the dangerous situation of the matter and think that only Bárczy can save us.

From Rank I received only a card from Frankfurt, no letter, and I know that he went to London on December 1 with Emden and Ophuijsen. Let's hope he works something out for us and for himself one way or another.

Reik is being declared incompetent by both ladies.2 Anna is actually under quite a bit of strain from both of her professions.3 The Zeitschrift is being delayed by more and more new inclusions, the latest being the appeal.4 The sale of the library [series] in Germany is said to be very satisfactory.

Few days separate us now from Martin's wedding, December 7.5 This factor, the sanatorium,6 and my nine hours of work leave me little time for scientific fantasizing. Read your reviews with complete approval. But are you justified in revealing something about Steinach's discoveries which have been kept secret?7

Today a letter from Federn from Stockholm. He describes the situation of ΨA there as “hopeless.” For that reason my Nobel Prize should also be buried. He won't extend his stay there.

I will write to you again soon.

Kind regards to your dear wife Gisela.



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