Anatomy of Addiction Sigmund Freud, William Halsted, and the Miracle Drug Cocaine

ISBN-10: 0375423303
ISBN-13: 9780375423307
Edition: 2011
Authors: Howard Markel
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Description: From acclaimed medical historian Howard Markel, author of When Germs Travel, the astonishing account, told for the first time, of the decades- long cocaine use of Sigmund Freud and William Halsted. Markel writes of the physical and emotional damage  More...

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Book details

List price: $28.95
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 7/19/2011
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 352
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.474
Language: English

From acclaimed medical historian Howard Markel, author of When Germs Travel, the astonishing account, told for the first time, of the decades- long cocaine use of Sigmund Freud and William Halsted. Markel writes of the physical and emotional damage caused by the constant use of the then- heralded wonder drug, and of how each man ultimately changed the world in spite of it-or because of it. One became the father of psychoanalysis; the other, of modern surgery. Using themselves as subjects in their research-Freud experimented with cocaine as a means of treating depression, fatigue, and morphine addiction; Halsted, as a new and safe form of anesthesia-each became caught up in the drug#x19;s grip, nearly destroying his life, and unwittingly becoming the first participants in the birth of modern addiction. The author traces, as well, the drug#x19;s effects on the thoughts and pathfinding work of each man. Historians and biographers have ignored or glossed over the day-by-day archival and medical records of the chronic cocaine abuse of each doctor, as well as the psychological and physical darkness it brought them and their struggles to rid their lives of it. Howard Markel#x19;s An Anatomy of Addiction tells the full story, long overlooked, in its rich historical context.

Howard Markel is Director, Historical Center for the Health Sciences, George E. Wantz Professor of the History of Medicine, and Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases, University of Michigan Medical School.

Acknowledgments
List of Illustrations
Prologue
Young Freud
Young Halsted
�ber Coca
An Addict's Death
The Accidental Addict
Cocaine Damnation
Sigmund in Paris
Rehabilitating Halsted
The Interpretation of Dreams
�The Professor�
Dr. Freud's Coca Coda
Dr. Halsted in Limbo
Epilogue
Notes
Index

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