Sigmund Freud was an Austrian neurologist at the turn of the twentieth century. He is most famous for his development of psychoanalysis, which became the predominant form of psychiatric treatment in the early twentieth century. Freud studied under Jean-Martin Charcot at the Salpetriere hospital in Paris, where he was exposed to Charcot’s work on hysteria. He became fascinated with hysteria, and he developed psychoanalysis as a method for treating the disorder. Although many questioned his methods in regards to their effectiveness, Freud’s work was a development of previous psychiatric ideas that formed a framework for later thought.
Freud’s primary work on hysteria was recorded in a case study on the patient he called Dora. By looking at his treatment of Dora, I analyzed how his methods grew from and yet differed from those of his mentor Charcot.