Freud's “Anna O.”: Social work's Bertha Pappenheim

  title={Freud's “Anna O.”: Social work's Bertha Pappenheim},
  author={Carol R. Swenson},
  journal={Clinical Social Work Journal},
The story of “Anna O.” has loomed large in psychoanalytic history, but few social workers know that the young woman, who was so influential in the development of Freud's thinking, became a pioneer social worker in Germany. The story of the transformation of the troubled young woman, who was actually Joseph Breuer's patient, is the focus of this paper. In addition, some of the “facts” of the case are discussed as social constructions. Anna O./ Bertha Pappenheim participated in the creation of… 

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  • G. Pollock
  • Psychology
    Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association
  • 1973
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  • G. Pollock
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    Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association
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