Freud's medicine
From the 'cocaine papers' to 'Irma's Injection'
in Culture on drugs
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This chapter analyses Sigmund Freud's ‘cocaine papers’ and Irma's injection. It explains that, in Project for Scientific Psychology, Freud attempted to develop a conceptual framework in which it is possible to account for psychological phenomena in terms that are consistent with neurological principles based on a theory of underlying neuropsychological mechanisms, of which the ‘drive’ is a key example. The chapter describes Freud's encounter with cocaine and suggests that there is a sense in which his relationship to cocaine made him a pioneer of the theory of mixed treatments, even though he tended to resist the very idea.

Culture on drugs

Narco-cultural studies of high modernity

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