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Remembering Anna O.: A Century of Mystification

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Offers an examination of the very foundations of psychoanalytic theory and practice, which was born with the publication of Breuer and Freud's Studies on Hysteria in 1895. In his opening essay, Breuer described the case of Anna O., a young woman afflicted with a severe hysteria whom he had cured of her symptoms by having her recount under hypnosis the traumatic events that ...more
Paperback, 126 pages
Published September 10th 1996 by Routledge
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Remembering Anna O. is a critical look at a mythical case -- that of the patient whose treatment reputedly led to the discvoery of the "talking cure." The case of Anna O. has already been thoroughly debunked many times before, with great doubt being cast on the veracity of the accounts of the case given by Freud and Josef Breuer, whose patient she was.

Nonetheless, Borch-Jacobsen, a professor of French and Comparative Literature, adds his two cents. Jacobsen concludes that Anna O. was not cured,
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Mikkel Borch-Jacobsen (born 1951), is Professor of Comparative Literature and French at the University of Washington in Seattle. Born to Danish parents, he began his studies in France, where he studied philosophy with Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe and Jean-Luc Nancy, two philosophers close in thought to, and in dialogue with, Jacques Derrida and Jacques Lacan.
In 1981 at the University of Strasbourg he
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