Daniel Paul Schreber  

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Daniel Paul Schreber (25 July 1842 - 14 April 1911) was a German judge who suffered from what was then diagnosed as dementia praecox. He described his second mental illness (1893–1902), making also a brief reference to the first illness (1884–1885) in his book Memoirs of My Nervous Illness (original German title Denkwürdigkeiten eines Nervenkranken).

In popular culture

  • In the 2006 film Memoirs of My Nervous Illness, Daniel Paul Schreber is portrayed by Jefferson Mays and is based on Schreber's 1903 journal of the same name.
  • A character of the same name appears in the 1998 film Dark City, played by Kiefer Sutherland.
  • The 2011 docudrama film, Shock Head Soul follows Schreber's demise and later life.
  • In Jenny Davidson's The Magic Circle: A Novel (2013), Lucy uses Memoirs of My Nervous Illness as a text for the seminar she is teaching on "Madness and Literature."




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