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Freud, S. (1896). Letter from Freud to Fliess, April 26, 1896. The Complete Letters of Sigmund Freud to Wilhelm Fliess, 1887-1904, 183-185.

Freud, S. (1896). Letter from Freud to Fliess, April 26, 1896. The Complete Letters of Sigmund Freud to Wilhelm Fliess, 1887-1904, 183-185

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Sigmund Freud

Vienna, April 26, 1896

Dear Wilhelm,

You have not written for a long time, which means that either you are feeling so well that you are able to do a lot of work, or you feel quite bad; and this uncertainty of interpretation really ruins the present for me. Since our congress I have felt unburdened scientifically, it is true, but from a personal point of view another one is an urgent necessity for me.

I have a somewhat dull period of time behind me—

April 28, during which a few things happened, and these are also connected with my silence. They are dragging along for such a long time that I do not want to let you wait until they are finished. First of all, Eckstein. I shall be able to prove to you that you were right, that her episodes of bleeding were hysterical, were occasioned by longing, and probably occurred at the sexually relevant times (the woman, out of resistance, has not yet supplied me with the dates).

Furthermore, I have become downright obsessed with the problem of neuronic motion. Stimulated by your chemical theories, and after the most unbelievable trials, I have likewise arrived at a chemical conception that instills confidence in me. As soon as the story fits together, you shall have it. When that will be, I do not know, of course.

I have not yet been able to contribute anything in the matter of periods and dates. You probably did not expect much, either. Of all the advice you gave me, I followed the one concerning my isolation most completely.

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