In Jones’s book, every chapter indicates in its heading the exact period of time it covers ; the only exception being the chapter devoted to Freud’s self-analysis.
This section mentions just the initial date and leaves the final date blank, stressing both the « unfinished » and « incomplete » character of this exceptional analysis.
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Nevertheless, the reliable quantification of the in situ biodegradation process it is still a major challenge.
Compound-specific stable isotope analysis has become an established method for the qualitative analysis of biodegradation in the field and this method is also proposed for a quantitative analysis.
The self-analysis is thus presented as a truly revolutionary and fundamental event : as an event creating history, without being historically datable .
Although a second character was introduced – Wilhelm Fliess as the Big Other – the narration of the self-analysis turned into a family story and thus remained an extended chapter of Freud’s biography.