References to famous personalities

Yalom's book is fictional but contains many references to history and historical personalities: Josef and Mathilde Breuer, Friedrich Nietzsche, Lou Salome, Sigmund Freud, Bertha Pappenheim, Paul Rée as well as mentioning Franz Overbeck, and the composer Richard Wagner. Yalom fits every character on the story magnificently, showing their relations (most of them real, although some of them are fictional to create the story).