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Freud, S. (1889). Review of August Forel's Hypnotism (1889). The Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud, Volume I ( 1886-1899): Pre-Psycho-Analytic Publications and Unpublished Drafts, 89-102.

Freud, S. (1889). [SEA89a1]Review of August Forel's Hypnotism (1889). The Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud, Volume I ( 1886-1899): Pre-Psycho-Analytic Publications and Unpublished Drafts, 89-102

Review of August Forel's Hypnotism (1889)

[SEA89a1]Review of August Forel's Hypnotism (1889) Book Information Previous Up Next Language Translation

Review by:
Sigmund Freud

[SEA89a2](a)German Edition:

[SEA89a3]1889 Wiener med. Wochenschr., 39 (28), 1097-1100 and (47), 1892-6. (July 13 and November 23.)

[SEA89a4]The German original seems never to have been reprinted and this is the first English translation (by James Strachey).

[SEA89a5]The full title of Forel's book was Der Hypnotismus, seine Bedeutung und seine Handhabung (Hypnotism, its Significance and its Management). Its author (1848-1931) was at this time Professor of Psychiatry at Zurich and enjoyed a very considerable reputation. His later writings on sociological subjects (and on the natural history of ants) were widely read. Though eventually he became highly critical of psycho-analysis, it was he who introduced Freud to Bernheim. Freud visited Nancy during the summer of 1889, between the publication of the two parts of this review. (Cf. the Editor's Introduction, p. 65 above.)

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[SEA89a7]This work by the celebrated Zurich psychiatrist, only 88 pages long, is expanded from a paper on the forensic significance of hypnotism which was published in the Zeitschrift fur die gesamte Strafrechtswissenschaft [Journal of General Penology], 9, 131, in 1889. It will no doubt retain a prominent place for a long time to come in the German literature of hypnotism. Concise, almost like a catechism in form, expressed with great clarity and decisiveness, it covers the whole field of phenomena and problems which are comprised under the heading of the ‘theory of hypnotism’; it distinguishes in the happiest manner between facts and theories, is never lacking in the serious approach demanded of a physician engaged in a thorough investigation, and everywhere avoids the extravagant tone which is so much out of place in a scientific discussion.

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