Berlin Soulscapes

Veronika Fuechtner

in Berlin Psychoanalytic

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780520258372
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520950382 | DOI:
Berlin Soulscapes

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Alfred Döblin was born in 1878 in Stettin. He studied medicine and psychiatry in Berlin and Freiburg and graduated with a dissertation on Korsakoff's psychosis. Döblin's study also indicates a remarkable interest in exploring the psychological role language and personal history play in pathological conditions despite his traditional psychiatric training, which had focused on the classification of diseases, diagnostics, and pharmacology and assumed a purely physiological basis for psychological processes. Doblin worked as a psychiatrist in a series of large hospitals in southern Germany and in Berlin after graduating from the University of Freiburg. He spent the years of war as a military doctor on the Western front where he fought in the Battle of Verdun. Döblin's encounter with Simmel marked the beginning of Döblin's own involvement with the institute, which would influence his medical work, his psychological conceptions, and his literary production.

Keywords: Alfred Döblin; psychosis; Freiburg; Simmel; Verdun

Chapter.  19299 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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