This Day in Jewish History 1886: Sigmund Freud Opens a Psychiatric Office in Vienna, Nobody Comes

At first, the father of psychoanalysis was so frustrated by his lack of clients that he considered moving to New York.

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On April 25, 1886, Sigmund Freud opened his first private office, in central Vienna. On that Easter Sunday he placed an ad in the Neue Freie Presse stating that “Dr. Sigmund Freud, docent for nervous diseases...