Anna O

Talking about the high interest in the Shades of Grey trilogy, a friend suggested it would be better to read The Story of Anna O, the case study of Breuer’s patient that Freud used to develop his theory. It’s a book I’d never read, so I’ve taken it up. Anna’s illness, as described, does seem odd. Breuer calls it hysteria, today wouldn’t Anna be called bi-polar? The first part of the book, the description of Anna’s depression and Breuer’s treatment of her seems almost quaint, sort of naive. Our knowledge of the mental illness is vastly different than it was a century ago. Well, Anna recovers and Part 2 of the book by Lucy Freeman tells of her work. More reaction to come.