chapter  4
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Amalia X: The German Psychoanalytic Specimen Case

Why do we need specimen cases in psychoanalytic research? As we have shown in Chapter 2, in psychoanalysis, oral tradition documented by case studies constituted the major means of reporting the insights gained by introducing the therapeutic situation as a field for discovery-oriented research. We also have pointed out that Sigmund Freud’s case reports have attained the status of specimen cases. They still frequently fulfill the function of an introduction to his work. Jones (1955, p. 288) emphasizes “that the Dora case for years served as a model for students of psychoanalysis, and although our knowledge has greatly progressed since then, it makes today as interesting reading as ever.”