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The Secret Mind of Bertha Pappenheim: The Woman Who Invented Freud's Talking Cure

Fascinating ... Brownstein could have written a much easier book than the one he did ... Brownstein is allergic to answers. He likens himself to a "conscientious archaeologist" and leaves it to his readers to draw their conclusions based on the specimens he places before us ... As frustrating as this can feel to the reader, perhaps the impossibility is the point.
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Fascinating if uneven ... In his effort to reunite the alter ego with the person, Mr. Brownstein scours the historic record for details Breuer left out ... Most intriguingly, he reassesses Pappenheim’s ailments through a 21st-century neurological lens.
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Fresh and fascinating ... A riveting look at the boundaries between neurology and psychology and the gender dynamics of medicine.
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