Sigmund Freud had a very educational early life, but in his ending days, he became a very sickly man. Freud was born in Freiberg, Moravia in the Austrian Empire which is present day Pribor, Czech Republic, on May 6th, 1856. He moved with his family to Vienna, Austria; a well known city then and now as a cultural and intellectual Mecca. His Jewish background, with its emphasis on education, prompted the young scholar to enter the University of Vienna at age 17. By age 20 Freud had published his first scientific paper. ("Sigmund", DISCovering 1) He lived there for seventy-nine years and he would later call his childhood a torrent of "long, hard years" and say the "nothing about them was worth remembering." His early years of want surely contributed to his lifelong sense of ambition, his self-confessed "chase after money, position, and reputation." In school, he was first in his class every year. As he wrote, any man "who has been the indisputable favorite of his mother"; and he was the favorite; "keeps for life the feeling of a conqueror." After graduation, he pursued a medical degree in Vienna, but instead of treating patients, he remained in the laboratory doing physiology studies; he was convinced he would make an important contribution to science. The year was 1882, and he had met and quickly become engaged to one of his sister's friends, Martha Bernays. He was 26 years old, realized he could not support a family on a researcher's salary, so he and Martha delayed getting... [continues]
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