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When Nietzsche Wept Summary
Irvin D. Yalom

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Plot Summary

Dr. Josef Breuer is a successful Viennese doctor. In 1882, a young woman by the name of Lou Salome comes to visit him while he is on vacation in Venice. She asks him to try and treat her friend Friedrich Nietzsche for despair. She believes she is the reason he is so depressed and is afraid he might commit suicide and deprive the world of one of its greatest philosophers. She persuades Dr. Breuer to treat him but tells him Nietzsche must not know of her involvement, and it would be best if he didn't realize that he was actually being treated by a physician.

On advice from his friends, Nietzsche travels to Vienna to see Dr. Breuer. He has been afflicted with migraines and feels desperate for help with them. Nietzsche is reluctant to put his trust in Dr. Breuer, but after Dr. Breuer saves Nietzsche from a...

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