This book of Sigmund Freud's was his first truly great achievement in studies of the the unconscious and subconscious operations of the mind. Prior to his publication of "The Interpretation of Dreams,", dreams were regarded as a topic of mild philosophical interest, with no real psychological or medical significance.

Freud used his own dreams as case studies. A landmark dream of his that he analyzed was about a patient named "Irma," which revealed a great deal about his own anxieties about his relationship with Wilhelm Fliess and the progress of his own career.

As for Irma, she has my sympathy. I would not want to be Freud's patient, let alone one that he shared with Fliess.

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