BOOK REVIEW / Putting New Skin on Original Sin
Burne, Jerome, The Independent (London, England)
This is a very superior demolition job. It's like going backstage after being held in thrall by a particularly elaborate gothic opera. The dramatis personae - Dora, Anna O, Frau Emmy and the rest whose case histories put flesh on Freud's theories - are not quite what they seemed out front. Carefully and relentlessly, Webster introduces previously ignored evidence to show that Freud's catch-all category of hysteria was a misdiagnosis for conditions as various as temporal lobe epilepsy, Tourette's syndrome and rheumatism. Not only that, but none of them was actually cured - Anna O, for instance, the "founding case of psychoanalysis", ended her life in a sanatorium, an addict and …
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Publication information: Article title: BOOK REVIEW / Putting New Skin on Original Sin. Contributors: Burne, Jerome - Author. Newspaper title: The Independent (London, England). Publication date: October 7, 1995. Page number: 7. © 2009 The Independent - London. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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