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Viktor Tausk (March 12, 1879, Žilina - July 3, 1919) was a pioneer psychoanalyst and neurologist. A student and a colleague of Sigmund Freud, he was the earliest exponent of psychoanalytical concepts with regard to clinical psychosis and the personality of the artist.
In 1919 after he had stepped out from Freud's shadow, Tausk published a paper on the origin of a delusion common to a wide array of schizophrenic patients, namely that an alien device, malignant and remote, had influenced their thoughts and their behavior. This device was referred to as the Influencing Machine and the paper was called On the Origin of the "Influencing Machine" in Schizophrenia. It is the most well known of his publications, reaching beyond his own field of research into others, such as literary theory for example.
Freud and deathEdit
On the morning of July 3, 1919 after Helene Deutsch had stopped Tausk’s treatment after Freud had demanded it, and after a complicated relation with Sigmund Freud and Lou Andreas-Salomé, Tausk committed suicide.
Freud wrote to Salomé that "I confess that I do not really miss him; I had long realised that he could be of no further service; indeed that he constituted a threat to the future." 
- Victor Tausk. Sexuality, War and Schizophrenia: Collected Psychoanalytic Papers (Philanthropy and Society) (1990) ISBN 0-88738-365-3
Books on Viktor TauskEdit
- Paul Roazen. Brother Animal: The Story of Freud and Tausk ISBN 0-8147-7395-8
- Kurt R. Eissler. Victor Tausk's Suicide (1983) ISBN 0-8236-6735-9
- Kurt R. Eissler. Talent and genius: The fictitious case of Tausk contra Freud (1971)ISBN 0-8021-0089-9
See also Edit
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