Views & Reviews Medical Classics

Traumnovelle (Dream Story)

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 31 January 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:281
  1. John Quin, consultant physician, Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton
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    Arthur Schnitzler (1862-1931) knew all about doctors and the temptations they face on their travels—in his words there is a “whiff of freedom, danger and adventure.” His 1926 book Traumnovelle (Dream Story)—which Stanley Kubrick made into his 1999 film Eyes Wide Shut—tells the tale of Fridolin, a doctor in Vienna who becomes jealously tormented when he realises that his wife, Albertine, whom he has taken too much for granted, has a secret life. Called out in the middle …

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