Freud on Coke

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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 ...

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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780956544506
  • Publisher: Cutting Edge Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2012
  • 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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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vii

Prologue: A Tale of Two Addicts xi

Chapter 1 Freud the Conquistador 1

Chapter 2 The Essential Freud 19

Chapter 3 A Traumatic Childhood 37

Chapter 4 Chew for Perfection 45

Chapter 5 The Clever Student 61

Chapter 6 Fleischl - a Greek Tragedy 81

Chapter 7 Cocaine by the Seine 99

Chapter 8 Fleiss and the Nose Obsession 121

Chapter 9 The Interpretation of (Cocaine) Dreams 145

Chapter 10 Artificial Heavens 1900-1950 165

Chapter 11 The Fliess Letters 189

Chapter 12 The Chemical Muse 1952-1960 207

Chapter 13 The Search for Soma, 1960s 221

Chapter 14 The Russian Connection 241

Chapter 15 Market Rules 259

References 281

Index 303

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    amazing what an intelligent gifted person will do with cocaine

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