Sigmund Freud og Wilhelm Fliess, 1890
3 januar 1897

Sigmund Freud skriver til sin venn Wilhelm Fliess i Berlin: (her gjengitt i engelsk oversettelse -- originalen er på tysk):

"The piece for Nothnagel should be ready in fourteen days. I can also give you some news about G. de B. Your diagnosis was absolutely correct. Herewith the circumstantial evidence: As a child she suffered from anxiety, At age 8-10 fluor albus (white discharge). As a child she had a painful sensation in the vagina when she beat her little sister. She has the same sensation today when she reads and hears about horrors, cruelties.

This youngest sister is the only one who, like herself, loves the father and also suffers from the same illness. A conspicuous tic; she forms [her lips into] a snout (from sucking). She is suffering from eczema around her mouth and from lesions that do not heal in the corners of her mouth. During the night her saliva periodically accumulates, after which the lesions appear. (Once before I traced back entirely analogous observations to sucking on the penis.) In childhood (12 years) her speech inhibitions appeared for the first time when, with a full mouth, she was fleeing from a woman teacher.

Her father has a similarly explosive speech, as though his mouth were full. Habemus papam.

When I thrust the explanation at her, she was at first won over; then she committed the folly of questioning the old man himself, who at the very first intimation exclaimed indignantly, "Are you implying that I was the one?" and swore a holy oath to his innocence.

She is now in the throes of the most vehement resistance, claiming to believe him, but attests to her identification with him by having become dishonest and swearing false oaths. I have threatened to send her away and in the process convinced myself that she has already gained a good deal of certainty which she is reluctant to acknowledge.

She has never felt as well as the day when I made the disclosure to her. In order to facilitate the work, I am hoping she will feel miserable again. The pain in her leg appears to have come from her mother. At present I am looking forward to the solution of a case that simultaneously affords insight into two psychoses, that of the ill seducer and that of the woman seduced by the patient, who fell ill later. The case also is of organological interest, as you will see (Oral sexual organs.)"


Freud, S., et al. (1985). The complete letters of Sigmund Freud to Wilhelm Fliess : 1887-1904. Cambridge, Mass, Belknap Press of Harvard University Press.

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