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A Science Odyssey 3 Guests wearing a Sigmund Freud mask.  Spotlight on Guest 1.

Tell us about your education.


I attended high school at the Sperl Gymnasium, where I finished at the head of my class during each of my last six years there.

When I graduated, I had still not decided what I wanted to do with my life. I really didn't have any great desire to become a physician. However, just before leaving school I was introduced to an essay by the philosopher Goethe, entitled "Nature." This beautiful essay made an impression that led me to the medical profession. I decided to become a medical student and, at the age of seventeen, enrolled in the University of Vienna.

Nine years later I entered Vienna's General Hospital, where I trained with the psychiatrist Theodor Meynert. I subsequently went to Paris and studied with the neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot.



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