The first psychoanalytic
case was Sigmund Freud
. However, he discovered that transference
was a necessary therapeutic component
, and what evolve
d was a truly wacky entanglement
in his relationship
with his friend
and colleague Fliess
Fliess is best known today in the context of the role he played in Freud's life - but he was also the originator of at least two bizarre areas of study:
Nasal cauterization. (Fliess was fascinated by the nose's erectile tissue, and hypothesized that neuroses with sexual origins could be treated nasally. I swear that I am not making this up).
For fascinating accounts of this period of Freud's career, see "The Biologist of the Mind" by Frank Sulloway, or "The Assault on Truth" by Jeffrey Masson.