FREUD, SIGMUND. 1856-1939. Autograph Manuscript Signed ("Dr. Sigm. Freud"), Folio (352 x 215 mm), 30 April, 1883,
Lot 23
FREUD, SIGMUND. 1856-1939.
Autograph Manuscript Signed ("Dr. Sigm. Freud"), Folio (352 x 215 mm), 30 April, 1883,
US$ 120,000 - 180,000
£ 95,000 - 140,000

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FREUD, SIGMUND. 1856-1939. Autograph Manuscript Signed ("Dr. Sigm. Freud"), Folio (352 x 215 mm), 30 April, 1883, FREUD, SIGMUND. 1856-1939. Autograph Manuscript Signed ("Dr. Sigm. Freud"), Folio (352 x 215 mm), 30 April, 1883,
FREUD, SIGMUND. 1856-1939.
Autograph Manuscript Signed ("Dr. Sigm. Freud"), Folio (352 x 215 mm), 30 April, 1883, included in the oath book from Vienna General Hospital, 123 leaves (including 58 blank leaves) containing the text of the oath, followed by hand-written entries by hospital physicians, with Freud's entry appearing on leaf 40: "Alles was mir soeben vorgehalten wurde und ich in allem verstanden habe, will ich genau erfüllen, was ich hiermit gelobe. Wien 30 April 83." "Everything that was read to me I have fully understood, I do hereby swear to fulfill precisely - Vienna, 30 April '83." Light browning. 19th-century half leather notebook with marbled boards, upper cover with manuscript label "Sponsion." Some light rubbing. 2 leaves with large ink stain.


FREUD'S PHYSICIAN'S OATH, signed at the Vienna General Hospital where he began his medical career. Having attained his MD in 1881, he joined the hospital staff in 1882. It was here that he conducted his research on the effects of cocaine and on cerebral anatomy. He resigned from the hospital in 1886 to open his private practice.

Vienna General Hospital (Allgemeines Krankenhaus der Stadt Wien) was established in 1693 by Emperor Leopold I, and reorganized under Joseph II in 1784. The Narrenturm or "fool's tower" was built that year as an accommodation for mental patients—the first building known to have been built exclusively for that purpose. In the 19th century, the hospital was the primary center for medical research in the Austrian Empire, and the old site of the hospital still forms part of the main campus of the University of Vienna.
The volume unites more than 850 autographs entries and signatures of Austrian medical students, many of them later known as eminent physicians, including Rudolf von Vivenot, Theodor Meynert, Sigmund Lustgarten and the physician and author Arthur Schnitzler (1862-1931). Freud's declaration is counter-signed by Adolf Hoffmann (1822-1909).
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