This book chronicles the case of Rachel C., a twenty-two-year-old working woman, who first saw psychoanalyst Louville Eugene Emerson on 24 January 1912. Two hundred and ninety-one sessions followed this first one, all but twenty-three of them within just over two years from the treatment's start. Although Emerson kept notes on all his patients, the notes he kept in this case were more voluminous and more worked over than any of his others. This introductory chapter presents background information on Emerson. It considers the ways in which the exigencies and demands of psychoanalytic practice shaped Emerson's understandings of psychoanalytic concepts and technique. It also discusses the relevance of the case of Rachel C.
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