Josef Breuer

1842 - 1925

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Josef Breuer (German: [ˈbʁɔʏɐ]; 15 January 1842 – 20 June 1925) was a distinguished physician who made key discoveries in neurophysiology, and whose work in the 1880s with his patient Bertha Pappenheim, known as Anna O., developed the talking cure (cathartic method) and laid the foundation to psychoanalysis as developed by his protégé Sigmund Freud. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Josef Breuer has received more than 344,151 page views. His biography is available in 28 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 27 in 2019). Josef Breuer is the 175th most popular philosopher (up from 212th in 2019), the 83rd most popular biography from Austria (up from 98th in 2019) and the 5th most popular Austrian Philosopher.

Josef Breuer is most famous for co-authoring a book with Sigmund Freud called Studies in Hysteria. The book discussed the treatment of patients with hysteria.

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Among philosophers, Josef Breuer ranks 175 out of 1,089Before him are Athanasius Kircher, Christian Wolff, Ferdinand Tönnies, Padmasambhava, Max Scheler, and Porphyry. After him are John Scotus Eriugena, George Herbert Mead, Max Stirner, Pierre Bayle, Julien Offray de La Mettrie, and Sextus Empiricus.

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Among people born in 1842, Josef Breuer ranks 8Before him are William James, Stéphane Mallarmé, Peter Kropotkin, Alfred Marshall, Jules Massenet, and Karl May. After him are John William Strutt, 3rd Baron Rayleigh, Camille Flammarion, Paul Lafargue, Dominic Savio, Ambrose Bierce, and Osborne Reynolds. Among people deceased in 1925, Josef Breuer ranks 7Before him are Sun Yat-sen, Rudolf Steiner, Erik Satie, Gottlob Frege, Friedrich Ebert, and Alexandra of Denmark. After him are William Jennings Bryan, Henri Fayol, Sergei Yesenin, Percy Fawcett, Mikhail Frunze, and Felix Klein.

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Among people born in Austria, Josef Breuer ranks 83 out of 1,075Before him are Wilhelm Reich (1897), Otto Wagner (1841), Pope Gregory V (972), Melanie Klein (1882), Maria Anna Mozart (1751), and Archduke Karl Ludwig of Austria (1833). After him are Archduchess Gisela of Austria (1856), Geli Raubal (1908), Elisabeth of Austria, Queen of France (1554), Arthur Schnitzler (1862), Victor Francis Hess (1883), and Elfriede Jelinek (1946).


Among philosophers born in Austria, Josef Breuer ranks 5Before him are Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889), Karl Popper (1902), Emil Cioran (1911), and Martin Buber (1878). After him are Paul Feyerabend (1924), Ivan Illich (1926), Otto Weininger (1880), Alfred Schütz (1899), Otto Neurath (1882), André Gorz (1923), and Karl Leonhard Reinhold (1757).