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Sigmund Freud and Cocaine

Did the use of stimulant drugs aid Freud's creative process?
Howard Markel, The Anatomy of Addiction: Sigmund Freud, William Halsted and the Miracle Drug, Cocaine
Laura Miller reviews Howard Markel's An Anatomy of Addiction: Sigmund Freud, William Halsted and the Miracle Drug Cocaine over at Salon.com: 'Markel's provocative book is a dual addiction biography of Freud and his contemporary, William Halsted, arguably the greatest surgeon of his time, a founding professor at Johns Hopkins Hospital and deviser of at least a half-dozen revolutionary surgical techniques and procedures still employed today, such as the use of rubber gloves. Both were unquestionably great men, but they also wrestled with dangerous drug habits that imperiled their work. Both sought to conceal or downplay their drug use and, as a result, information on that use and how, if at all, they managed to stop it is pretty sparse on the ground.' [Read More]

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