In the winter of 1885–1886, Freud won a grant to travel to Paris to study under Jean-Martin Charcot for six months. Charcot was a well-respected psychiatrist, the director of the Salpêtrière mental hospital, who had turned his interest towards the problem of hysteria. While in Paris, Freud was one of many who attended Charcot's lectures and demonstrations on hysteria. He managed to get Charcot's attention by offering to translate some of his writings into German.Freud was impressed by Charcot's confidence, his flair for public speaking, and his demonstrations of patients' illnesses. Freud returned to Vienna after spending several lackluster weeks in February in Berlin learning about children's diseases from Adolf Baginsky. He was eager to share some of Charcot's conclusions with his colleagues at the Vienna General Hospital. One of those conclusions was somewhat controversial:
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