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Freud, S. (1901). Letter from Freud to Fliess, January 25, 1901. The Complete Letters of Sigmund Freud to Wilhelm Fliess, 1887-1904, 432-433.

Freud, S. (1901). Letter from Freud to Fliess, January 25, 1901. The Complete Letters of Sigmund Freud to Wilhelm Fliess, 1887-1904, 432-433

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Sigmund Freud

Vienna, January 25, 1901
IX., Berggasse 19

Dear Wilhelm,

Yes, you have now become a great man in Vienna and the surrounding hamlets. Arthur Schiff1 has made you into that and is almost even greater than you, because he is ready with an explanation of what you merely discovered. Of course I did not attend the meetings, but I have heard and read about them. But by now you know all that from other sources. Deuticke placed seven copies of your once despised Beziehungen next to one another to revive the memory of the reading public as they gaze into the store window.

If it took about three and a half years for people to duplicate your cocaine experiment in dysmenorrhea, you now have a unit of measurement to calculate when they will check the product of 28 × 23. At that point I shall no longer write to you; that is, I mean by that time I shall already have been relieved of the obligation.

A veil has lifted from Minna's illness. In connection with a stro-phanthus[-induced] diarrhea she developed stomach and abdominal pains last week; during one of the following nights she had an especially severe attack of pain localized in the left transverse colon, so that the whole thing reminded me of an awful case of embolism of the mesenteric artery that I once saw in a cardiac patient. The next day, and since then, she has had bloody stools — and now, in addition, bits of mucus and what looks like shreds of tissue. There is no doubt of the existence of an intestinal ulcer.

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