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In Defense of Schreber


In late October of 1893, the presiding Senatsprasident of the High Court of Saxony, Daniel Paul Schreber, began to suffer insomnia and at the urging of his wife, Sabine, sought the help of Dr. Paul Emil Flechsig, Director of the Psychiatric Clinic of the University of Leipzig, who had successfully treated Schreber for depression nearly a decade earlier. Thus began a series of events that led to Schreber's nine-year hospitalization and ultimately to the publication of his classic Memoirs of My Nervous Illness. Retracing the ...

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