Edoardo Weiss (1889-1970)

Edoardo Weiss, M.D. was born in Trieste where he spent his pre-adult years. He obtained his medical degree in Vienna, visited Freud, and had personal analysis with Paul Federn, 1910-1911. He became the founder and first President of the Italian Psychoanalytic Society in 1932 and he established “The Psychoanalytic Italian Review”.

He visited Freud periodically and also sent Freud letters about his patients; he consulted Freud about twenty five of his patients in a long-standing supervisory relationship. Having translated Freud’s “Totem and Taboo” and “Introductory Lectures in Psychoanalysis” into Italian, Freud sought Weiss’ advice abut psychoanalysis and psychoanalysts in Italy.

Emigrating to the U.S. as a Jewish refugee in 1939, he eventually settled in Chicago where he was interested in psychosomatic medicine with Franz Alexander.

His writings include “The Structure and Dynamics of the Human Mind”(1960) and “Agoraphobia in the Light of Ego Psychology.” His analytic correspondence with Freud, “Sigmund Freud as Consultant,” was published in 1970. He had first used the term “protective identification,” though his concept was not the same as that of Melanie Klein.

Harold P. Blum, M.D.