ABSTRACT

Two accounts of a remarkable case were published in 1951: Symbolic Realization by the therapist, the Swiss psychologist Marguerite Sechehaye (MS) and the other by the patient, Renee, whose version was published as The Autobiography of a Schizophrenic Girl. Renee was 18 years old and markedly regressed when she ®rst met with MS, who made the clinical diagnosis of schizophrenia, which we might question today. It was only later that MS realized that Renee also had an eating disorder. After the ®rst six years of a ten-year period of treatment, Renee was cured of both conditions.