Pierre Janet and Auguste Forel: Two Historical Contributions


This paper discusses two 19th century French-speaking authors, Pierre Janet and Auguste Forel, who both employed hypnosis and in various ways were early influences on psychoanalysis. To acquaint the reader with the clinical works of these pioneers, a long case history by Janet, and a case history by Forel are presented. The connections between these two authors and modern developments are discussed. Both historical figures were contemporaries of Freud and their at times contentious relationships became part of their legacy.

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Bacciagaluppi, M. Pierre Janet and Auguste Forel: Two Historical Contributions. Am J Psychoanal 77, 417–439 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1057/s11231-017-9109-2

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  • Janet
  • Forel
  • Freud
  • hypnosis
  • hysteria
  • dissociation
  • historical influences on psychoanalytic developements