Tag Archives: Austro-Hungarian Empire

Dr. Fanny Halpern, a psychiatric go-between of 1930s Shanghai

Richard Zhang Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States   “Dr. F.G. Halpern” in an advertisement for the Puci Sanatorium in the Shen Bao, September 20, 1935. source On September 20, 1935, a lengthy advertisement in one of Shanghai’s most popular newspapers, the Shen Bao, celebrated the recent opening of the Shanghai Puci Sanatorium (上海普濨療養院).1 The sanatorium would […]

The special art of Vienna

Irving Rosen Toronto, Ontario, Canada   Fig.1 Gustav Klimt painted this portrait of Adele Bloch Bauer typical of his golden women portraits. This portrait was seized and renamed by Hitler as Lady in Gold Vienna, capital of the former Austro-Hungarian Empire, has always promised intellectual fervor, Strauss waltzes, Schnitzlerian flirtations, Sachertorte, and the beautiful golden […]

A Treatment for “Circular Insanity”: Joseph Roth’s Radetzky March

Sally Metzler Chicago, Illinois, USA   Madness and decay of society permeate Joseph Roth’s brooding novel The Radetsky March (1932). One character, Herr von Taussig, experiences attacks of “circular insanity.”1 The recommended cure is an institution on Lake Constance, where Von Taussig receives treatment by “mundane and feather-brained physicians who prescribe ‘spiritual emotions,’ just as […]