In 1881 Freud qualifies as doctor of medicine.
He falls in love and becomes engaged to a young woman from Hamburg, Martha Bernays. Because research offers no prospect of advancement or of making enough money to marry, Freud leaves the laboratory and embarks on a medical career. His first step is in a post as houseman at the Vienna General Hospital. Over the four years until his marriage he continues to be desperately short of money and often complains of this in his letters.
Martha Bernays
Martha Bernays ca. 1880
"On the structure of the nerve fibres and nerve cells of the river crayfish" is published in the reports of the Academy of Science.