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At the end of this post is a link to a recording Freud made in London, England, on December 7th, 1938, about six months after he had emigrated from Vienna, Austria, and a little over nine months before his death in September, 1939. It is difficult to understand what Freud is saying because of a prosthetic device in his jaw that he wore after a large portion of his jaw was removed because of cancer. Here is a transcript of what Freud said in the recording:

I started my professional activity as a neurologist trying to bring relief to my neurotic patients. Under the influence of an older friend and by my own efforts I discovered some important new facts about the unconscious in psychic life, the role of instinctual urges and so on. Out of these findings grew a new science, Psychoanalysis, a part of psychology and a new method of treatment of the neuroses.
I had to pay heavily for this bit of good luck. People did not believe in my facts and thought my theories unsavory. Resistance was strong and unrelenting. In the end I succeeded in acquiring pupils and building up an International Psychoanalytic Association. But this struggle is not yet over. Sigmund Freud.


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