Anna O. by Paul Edward Pasulka
Moderator: Robert Tenges
Anna O. tells the story of Bertha Pappenheim, quite arguably the cofounder of psychoanalysis. In 1880 a young woman from an orthodox Jewish family cares for her father who is dying of tuberculosis. She develops an illness, initially diagnosed by Josef Breuer, Vienna’s preeminent physician, as a nervous cough. Her symptoms soonprogress to include severe visual, motor, speech, and mood problems. When she refuses removal to a sanitarium for treatment with blood-letting, cold water baths, and “uterine manipulation”, she and Josef Breuer embark on a wholly unorthodox method of treatment, involving daily therapy sessions of discussion, storytelling, and free association, essentially creating the techniques of psychoanalysis.
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