Ellen West

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The pseudonym of a young woman with anorexia nervosa who became the subject of the most famous case study of existential analysis, a long and disturbing account by the Swiss psychiatrist Ludwig Binswanger (1881–1966), published in the Schweizer Archiv für Neurologie und Psychiatrie in three instalments in 1944. Quotations from the patient's own diary and letters, in which she recorded her most intimate thoughts and feelings during her psychological decline, were used by Binswanger to draw the reader into her distressing mental state, which ended in tragic death.

Subjects: Psychology.

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