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Brennan, B.W. (2015). Decoding Ferenczi's Clinical Diary: Biographical Notes. Am. J. Psychoanal., 75(1):5-18.

(2015). American Journal of Psychoanalysis, 75(1):5-18


Decoding Ferenczi's Clinical Diary: Biographical Notes

B. William Brennan, Th.M, M.A., L.M.H.C

In the Clinical Diary of Sándor Ferenczi, certain codes and abbreviations are used to refer to the eight patients Ferenczi was treating in 1932. The identities of two patients are known to us. Notably, Dm. (Clara Thompson), and R.N. (Elizabeth Severn), but the others have remained a mystery. This paper uncovers the identities of the other patients in the Diary, and, for the first time, reveals their identities and life stories. Biographical notes on these patients are provided to expand and contextualize our understanding of their lives—Who were they? What kind of families did they come from? And what happened to them after their analyses? The process of uncovering their identities and the ethics of writing about historical patients will also be addressed.

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