Also known as Anna O
Guises of Desire
Vienna 1880. A wealthy young Jewish woman, Bertha Pappenheim, succumbs to a mysterious illness. Diagnosis hysteria. Her doctor, Josef Breuer, treats her with hypnosis and a new form of therapy called the 'talking cure'.
Guises of Desire is a vividly imagined account of the case of Bertha Pappenheim – the ‘Anna O’ whose treatment formed the basis of Freudian psychoanalysis. It presents the story of a young woman’s struggle to survive a repressive upbringing, neurological disorders, drug addiction and a pathological attachment to the doctor who misdiagnosed her.
"Hilda Reilly has written a vivid, powerful and highly readable version of Bertha’s story. The emotional turmoil of her experiences is empathetically portrayed against a carefully researched period setting and medical background. An absorbing and thought-provoking book." — Scientific and Medical Network Review