What People Call Pessimism: Freud, Schnitzler & 19th Century Controversy at the University of Vienna

"The ideas were in the air", is an oft-heard expression, particularly when there is a striking intersection of ideas as was the case in the works of Freud and Schnitzler. Luprecht establishes the University of Vienna Medical School as a significant source of these thinkers' shared intellectual views. Many of Freud's scientific concepts have already been traced to his medical education. But this book makes a convincing case for crediting the University of Vienna Medical School with a far deeper and more extensive influence on Freud and Schnitzler than has previously been recognised.