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Pollock, G.H. (1972). Bertha Pappenheim's Pathological Mourning: Possible Effects of Childhood Sibling Loss. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 20:476-493.

(1972). Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 20:476-493

Bertha Pappenheim's Pathological Mourning: Possible Effects of Childhood Sibling Loss

George H. Pollock, M.D.


The impact on the adult of childhood sibling loss is a significant contributor to later adult psychopathology. It may have played a role in the life of Bertha Pappenheim and her subsequent historical disorder. An attempt has been made to present pertinent historical data which have been recovered by the author in order to provide evidence for his hypothesis. The interpretation of the case of Anna O. in the light of this presentation presents an additional perspective to this case.

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