Freud on Coke

Author(s) : David Cohen

Freud on Coke

Book Details

  • Publisher : Cutting Edge Press
  • Published : 2011
  • Cover : Hardback
  • Pages : 330
  • Category :
    Psychoanalysis
  • Catalogue No : 30546
  • ISBN 13 : 9780956544506
  • ISBN 10 : 0956544509

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Before he thought of putting patients on the couch and interpreting their dreams, the young Sigmund Freud "did a whole lot of coke" amidst astonishing claims made by an American pharmaceutical company, Parker Davis, on behalf of their new "wonder drug", cocaine hydrochloride. He tried it on patients with headaches, on practitioners of masturbation, on every depressive who came his way. Amazingly, he managed to overlook both the one legitimate use of cocaine - as a local anaesthetic - and the fact that its euphoric effect had no medicinal value.

About the Author(s)

David Cohen is a prolific writer and film-maker, and a fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine. He trained as a psychologist and set up Psychology News as a magazine which has since become a film and TV production company.

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