In , the distinguished German jurist Daniel Paul Schreber suffered the first of a series of mental collapses that would afflict him for the rest. Schreber, Daniel Paul, – [Denkwürdigkeiten eines Nervenkranken. English]. Memoirs of my nervous illness / by Daniel Paul. In , the distinguished German jurist Daniel Paul Schreber suffered the first of a series of mental collapses that would afflict him for the rest of his life.

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This theory is only augmented by the fact that he returned to his work and performed normally after the period of his treatment in different mental asylums. New York Review of Books, Inafter being appointed to the highest legal position in the state of Saxony, he had yet another nervous breakdown, and was placed under tutelage under the psychiatric hospital of a Dr. To read a first-person account of a prominent man’s fall into schizophrenia and ensuing lifestyle is spellbinding, but to do so in a translation of German written in an archaic ish style is mind-numbing.

I was drawn to it because I have a compulsive interest in the history of medicine and the history of insanity. Schreber was a son of the famous German physician Daniel Gottlob Moritz Schreber, who invented—and practised on his own family—a draconian regimen of mechanical exercise. There is little point trying to add substantially to the many reviews to which Memoirs of My Nervous Illness has been subjected since its first appearance over a hundred years ago.

Daniel Paul Schreber

Memoirs of My Nervous Illness. Trivia About Memoirs of My Ner This, he explains, is why he endeavoured to produce the memoirs not without some reluctance: This, however, he could only do by first being transformed from a man into a woman….

Much of what was formerly schizophrenia has gone over t Great book about what it’s actually like to go crazy! He argued that the difference between paranoia and dementia praecox is not at all clear, since symptoms of both ailments may be combined in any proportion, as in Schreber’s case.


LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices. Hobbs as Julian Hobbs. The voices in large part provided for him a rich lexicon to accompany the overwhelming nervous phenomena from which he could not extricate himself. Daniel Paul studied law and became a judge, a profession he practised with success until he fell ill.

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Selected pages Title Page. Read it Forward Read it kemoirs. Okay, it’s weird that I reread this book in bed. Oct 30, Morgan rated it it was amazing. Flechsig continues to pester.

He describes haptic as well as visual hallucinations and gives a beautiful and succinct example of paranoia in its original sense: Jan 21, Julina is currently reading it.

He believed his primary psychiatrist, Prof.

He puts little baubles in his hair. Sign in with Facebook Other Sign in options. Consideration of the Schreber case led Freud to revise received classification of mental mervous. Inwhen Schreber had already been released from the asylums, he wrote a letter to Dr.

This is pretty much unreadable, although I surprised myself by making it through pages before finally giving up. On a later occasion I even boxed his ears. Freud thought that Schreber’s disturbances resulted from repressed homosexual desires, which in infancy were oriented at his father and brother. The voices challenged and mocked me for my apparent lack of manly courage until at last I struck him. Inafter being appointed to the highest legal position in the state of Saxony, he had yet another nervous breakdown, and was placed under tu Here are the memoirs of nervou life of Daniel Paul Schreber.

Schreber heard many voices. He memoirw clearly logical and intelligent and “Memoirs” is his ultimately successful attempt to reason himself out of commitment to the asylum and back home to his wife.

This was not unexpected for danuel man with stress and long exposure in the public eye, so he took a year-long vacation. Mahler on the Couch film A Dangerous Method film. To ask other readers questions about Memoirs of My Nervous Illnessplease sign up. Perhaps, in some ironic way, one of his nervous delusions was right, and memlirs idea of Schreber will live on long after him.


However it is a book written by a man suffering from delusions about the world and his own place in it. Illnses example, one of the “miracles” described by Daniel Schreber was that of schrsber compression, of tightening and tightening. Can’t think of any others like this offhand. Eventually, he is released from psychiatric hospitals, nearly a decade after first being committed, He resumes his profession for about five years until the death of his mother in For example, take an incident where Schreber has a “Divine Vision” in the garden of his asylum, whilst accompanied by an attendant.

Schreber accused Flechsig of attempting to murder his soul and change him into a woman. I, of course, having plenty of reason to be grateful that, unlike in the case of Daniel Paul Schreber, no psychotic episode I experienced became broadly progressive, going danel for years and years, oc entirely determining the character of my life. Central to Schreber’s delusion-formation was the belief that he was unmanning being turned into a woman so he could be impregnated in order to repopulate the world and restore the beyond to a condition of blessedness.

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But Schreber began dealing with his inner demons at the end of the 19th century in Protestant Germany. Ot his second illness he was treated by Prof. Two Asylums and many years later: