The first signs of Freud's oral cancer are detected.
Freud gives an interview to the French journalist Raymond Recouly.
"It is in France that I have the least number of followers," Freud remarks. "My theories have been at least studied and made public in France." "How do you explain this?" I ask.
"I do not really know. I believe that there are many reasons for it. Perhaps politics have something to do with it." "I can assure you that this is not the case," I say, energetically. "There is no country in the world where people are so ready as in France to welcome ideas from the outside, no matter where they come from. Besides, your doctrines have been much talked of lately. A certain number of books and studies and articles have been devoted to them."
"I foresee another explanation," he adds. "As my theories, at least at the commencement, were connected with those of your great Charcot, the French have been less anxious to follow their development on foreign ground, in a foreign spirit and language. They were content with the development that these ideas had taken in you country." [From the interview with Raymond Recouly that appears in English in the journal Outlook.]
The first psychoanalytically-orientated child guidance centre is opened under the direction of Hermine Hug-Hellmuth.
Julius Banko, director of Greek and Roman antiquities at the Vienna Kunsthistorisches Museum, writes an authentication slip for Freud's vase. Picture: Oedipus solves the riddle of the Sphinx.
Oedipus and the Sphinx
Oedipus and the Sphinx
Fritz Wittels sends Freud copies of his newly-completed Freud biography, the first to be written. Freud showed little enthusiasm for the attempt to honour him with a biography:
"Of course I would never have wished for or promoted such a book.. It seems to me that the public has no claim on my person, nor can it learn anything from me so long as my case - for a multitude of reasons - cannot be made totally transparent... You think differently about this and have thus been able to write this book. Your personal distance from me, which you consider only as an advantage, also has great disadvantages. You know too little about your subject and can consequently not avoid the danger of doing violence to him through your analytical efforts."
[Freud to Wittels 18.12.1923]
 Fritz Wittels
Fritz Wittels
Publication of The Ego and the Id, A Seventeenth-Century Demonological Neurosis and encyclopaedia articles on Libido Theory and Psychoanalysis.