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Hist Psychiatry. 2002 Dec;13(52 Pt 4):445-53.

Development and termination of the working relationship of C. G. Jung and Eugen Bleuler 1900-1909.

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  • 1University Clinic for Psychiatry, Zurich, Switzerland.


From 1900 to 1909, C. G. Jung was on the staff of the University Psychiatric Clinic in Zurich ('Burghölzli'), headed by Eugen Bleuler, where he became a senior physician (Sekundararzt) in 1905. Jung received his doctorate (1902) and postdoctoral qualification as a university lecturer (Habilitation) based on Bleuler's reports to the department of medicine, and he continued to give lectures on certain recurring topics, such as the theory of hysteria, until summer semester 1914, well after his resignation. Minutes of department meetings that have not previously been evaluated appear to indicate that a major factor leading to Jung's resignation on 7 March 1909 was the department's rejection of the founding of the 'psychopathologic research laboratory' that he had expected. The importance of other events for Bleuler's relationship with Jung - the unsuccessful attempt at an analytical treatment of Otto Gross, and Jung's relationship with Sabina Spielrein - cannot be determined from current sources.

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