ABSTRACT

In 1958, as part of a book that brought Existential Analysis to the attention of American psychotherapists, the Swiss psychiatrist Ludwig Binswanger (LB) presented an English version of his 1944 case study of the life and suicide of his patient ``Ellen West,'' whom he had diagnosed as suffering from a form of schizophrenia. A frequent critique of this courageous, empathic account of a failed psychotherapy has been that Ellen actually suffered from Anorexia nervosa (AN). Commentaries on this classic case have been published by David Lester (1971), R. D. Laing (1982), Angelyn Spignesi (1983), Carl Rogers (1990), Craig Jackson and co-authors (1990), Namah Akavia (2003), and Katrien Libbrecht (2003), among others.