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Mrs. Lasker, I've been looking forward to this. I think
today you're going to talk about the progress in the field of
mental health through the utilization of various independent
Yes, my early interest in the field of mental illness
came about by reading some excerpts in the Introduction to
Psychoanalysis by Sigmund Freud in 1927 or '28. I remember
I was intensely interested by them and urged Paul Reinhardt,
to whom I was then married to read them. He read some
bits of the exerpts that I suggested, but he had a violent
reaction of shock, fear and distress from them. They must
have touched on some neurosis he had that I was not conscious
of and still don't understand. He had a violent, violent
And this was in the '20s and it was a relatively new subject
and a rather starting one.
Yes, it was a new subject, yes.
About 1933 Paul had gradually become a severe alcoholic.
I was beside myself, not knowing what to do to help him, not
understanding how such a change could come over the personality
of one who had been so sunny and well when he wasn't drinking.
There was at this time no knowledge about what to do for anyone
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