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Freud on Coke

Freud on Coke

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by David Cohen
     
 

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A stimulating history covering Freud's cocaine use, its effect on his work, the relationship between cocaine and psychiatry, and the beginnings of the "war on drugs"
 
Before he'd thought of putting patients on the couch, the young Sigmund Freud did a lot of coke, and here is the whole sordid story. Desperate to make his

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A stimulating history covering Freud's cocaine use, its effect on his work, the relationship between cocaine and psychiatry, and the beginnings of the "war on drugs"
 
Before he'd thought of putting patients on the couch, the young Sigmund Freud did a lot of coke, and here is the whole sordid story. Desperate to make his reputation quickly, he read and swallowed, without question, claims made by an American pharmaceutical company, Parke-Davis, on behalf of their new "wonder drug," cocaine hydrochloride. He ordered a gram and though he would claim, for years, that it was not addictive, his first taste led him to another and another, forming a habit that would last for 15 years. Situating his cocaine experiments in an introspective drug-using tradition that has included William James, Aldous Huxley, Havelock Ellis, and Timothy Leary, this book explores its influence on Freud's later thought and the subsequent relationship between psychology, psychiatry, drugs, and culture. It also includes analysis of the modern cocaine trade. As even President Obama, an admitted past cocaine user himself, acknowledges the legitimacy of questioning the global "War on Drugs," this is a timely, secret history of how that war began.

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"Fascinating study."  —Mail on Sunday

"Convincingly arguing that Freud's drug-taking had profound implications for the development of his theories . . . a welcome addition to the bookshelves of anyone with an interest in altered states."  —Metro

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780956544506
Publisher:
Cutting Edge Press
Publication date:
04/01/2012
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author


David Cohen is a writer, filmmaker, and psychologist. His books include The Escape of Sigmund Freud and Psychologists on Psychology and biographies of the therapist Carl Rogers and of John B. Watson, the founder of behaviorism. His films include The Pleasure Principle and When Holly Went Missing.

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Freud on Coke 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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efm More than 1 year ago
amazing what an intelligent gifted person will do with cocaine