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Freud, S. (1910). Letter from Sigmund Freud to Karl Abraham, January 20, 1910. The Complete Correspondence of Sigmund Freud and Karl Abraham 1907-1925, 101-102.

Freud, S. (1910). Letter from Sigmund Freud to Karl Abraham, January 20, 1910. The Complete Correspondence of Sigmund Freud and Karl Abraham 1907-1925, 101-102

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Sigmund Freud


Vienna IX, Berggasse 19
20 January 1910

Dear Doctor,

A patient, the sister of one of your latest patients, had to show me an advertisement in a Berlin paper announcing the beginning of your courses. That reminded me of how long it is since I last wrote to you.

Recently I have been in a position three times to mention your name here, twice to patients whom I wanted to refer to you and once to a Finn who was referred to me by a circle of young doctors and philosophers in Berlin (!). I let these gentlemen know that they should, rather, get in touch with you and extend your circle of pupils. As regards the patients, I have unfortunately learnt that the number of shots that score hits is still very small; but he who sits it out will have good times ahead.

You are probably following how eagerly the Americans are participating in the cause. Jones is working very eagerly, and Putnam is just publishing a series of articles on our visit to Worcester in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology.1 Stanley Hall will devote the whole April issue of the American Journal of Psychology to us.2 Both of them recently gave the confused and dishonest Boris Sidis a thorough rebuff at a meeting of American psychologists.3

Our Congress in Nuremberg is fixed for 30 and 31 March, that is, just after Easter. The invitations will be going out very soon. We Europeans will, I hope, be present in full force. This time the subject will be primarily questions of principle and organization.4

We have been extending hospitality to L. Binswanger and his wife5 since Sunday, as far as Viennese hospitality can possibly go in these days of hard work. My wife obviously prefers the memory of another ψα couple who have not fully been our guests so far. But please do not pass this on.

I cannot do any work at all now. Handicraft work such as the preparation of the 2nd edition of the Sexual Theory and of the German edition of the Worcester lectures, letters, the seminar, the Wednesday meetings—that is all. Not a line on Leonardo for weeks. I gladly yield precedence to Segantini.

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