Tatiana Rosenthal

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Tatiana Rosenthal (1885-1921) was a Russian psychoanalyst, physician and specialist in neurology.[1]

Tatiana Rosenthal was born in St Petersburg in 1885. She became very supportive of the Russian Revolution of 1905, then went to Switzerland, where she studied medicine at the University of Zurich. She got her medical diploma, and went to Vienna, where she attended the Wednesday seminaries of the Vienna Psychoanalytic Society and became a member. At the very beginning of the World War I, she returned to St. Petersburg, where she worked as a neurologist at Vladimir Bekhterev’s Brain Institute. Bekhterev, though not himself converted to psychoanalysis, appointed Rosenthal as the head of the outpatient clinic, and allowed her to treat neurotic patients there with psychoanalysis.

Interested in the psychology of art, Rosenthal published one paper which tried to explain Dostoevsky’s creative writing by his personal suffering.[2] She also wrote an essay about Karin Michaelis.

While in St Petersburg, she had a child. Then, she committed suicide in 1921.[2]


  • Anna Maria Accerboni, “Tatiana Rosenthal”, in Alain de Mijolla (ed.), International Dictionary of Psychoanalysis, Thomson Gale, 2005 [1].


  1. ^ 'Rosenthal, Tatiana (1885-1921)', International Dictionary of Psychoanalysis, 2005
  2. ^ a b Van der Veer, Rene (2011). "Tatyana on the Couch: the vicissitudes of psychoanalysis in Russia". In Sergio Salvatore; Tania Zittoun. Cultural Psychology and Psychoanalysis: Pathways to Synthesis. IAP. p. 53. ISBN 978-1-61735-514-1. 

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