chapter  VIII
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Case Histories

THE case histories which Freud published were in themselves a unique achievement in psychiatric history. Never before had the neurotic individual been described in such intimate and human terms. It was not his fault, Freud urged rather apologetically, if the histories read like novels; it was the heart of his doctrine that the human and social circumstances of the patient were in the forefront of the causes of his neurosis, and accordingly they had to be described in the greatest of detail.