Freud's Pandemics: Surviving Global War, Spanish Flu and Nazis - Brett Kahr

£32.00 £40.00

In this compelling book, the first in the new Freud Museum London series, Professor Brett Kahr describes how Sigmund Freud endured innumerable emotional pandemics during his eighty-three years of life, ranging from unsubstantiated accusations by medical colleagues to anti-Semitic abuse, the loss of one daughter to Spanish flu and the arrest of another child by the Gestapo, to his own painful cancer treatments and his final flight from Adolf Hitler’s Austria. Freud navigated these personal and political tragedies while simultaneously creating a method of healing which has helped countless millions deal with unbearable trauma and distress.

Through founding psychoanalysis, Kahr argues that Freud not only saved himself from destruction but also provided the rest of the world with the means to achieve a form of psychological vaccination against emotional and mental distress.

The Freud Museum London and Karnac Books have joined forces to publish a new book series devoted to an examination of the life and work of Sigmund Freud alongside other significant figures in the history of psychoanalysis, psychotherapy, and depth psychology more broadly. The series will feature works of outstanding scholarship and readability, including biographical studies, institutional histories, and archival investigations. New editions of historical classics as well as translations of little-known works from the early history of psychoanalysis will also be considered for inclusion.


Prologue: Fundraising for Freud

Introduction: “Wouldn’t it be better if we all killed ourselves?”

Chapter 1: The Fraudulent Jewish Pervert: Navigating Decades of Collegial Hatred

Chapter 2: The Great War and the Spanish Flu: An Imprisoned Son and a Dying Daughter

Chapter 3: From Compulsive Cigar-Smoking to Deadly Carcinoma: Freud’s Battle with Physical Pain

Chapter 4: Death Wishes and the Nazis: How Freud Escaped from Austria

Chapter 5: Freud’s Recipe for Creativity and Survival: The Writing Cure and the Role of Penetrativity

Conclusion: If Sigmund Freud could have supervised Anthony Fauci


Scholarly clarifications




Publisher: Karnac Books

Published: September 2021

Format: Paperback

Pages: 300

Dimensions: 15.6 x 1.73 x 23.4 cm


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