Richard von Krafft-Ebing  

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Richard Freiherr von Krafft-Ebing (full name Richard Fridolin Joseph Freiherr Krafft von Festenberg auf Frohnberg, genannt von Ebing) (14 August 1840 – 22 December 1902) was an Austro–German psychiatrist and author of the seminal work Psychopathia Sexualis (1886).

Krafft-Ebing who was born in Mannheim in Baden, Germany, studied medicine at the University of Heidelberg where he specialized in psychiatry, and later practiced in psychiatric asylums. After leaving his work in the asylums, he pursued a career in psychiatry, forensics, and hypnosis.

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