Sigmund Freud and His Experiments with Cocaine

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Sigmund Freud is the founder of psychoanalysis; he was a physiologist, medical doctor, psychologist and influential thinker of the early twentieth century. He articulated and refined the concepts of the unconscious, infantile sexuality and repression, and he proposed a tripartite account of the mind’s structure. Before he was the founder of psychoanalysis, Freud began to study with the newest wonder drug which was cocaine during 1880’s. At the time, people claimed it cured everything from morphine addiction to tuberculosis. Freud was only around in his late twenties when he started to study with the wonder drug. As a young student, Freud was searching for new breakthrough in medical care. Then, he came across with the wonder drug and became interested of its remarkable effects. Initially, Freud began to use cocaine upon himself and his patients. He discovered first-hand that the drug empowered him and expanded his thoughts; he even recommended the drug’s use to his fiancée, Martha Bernay. Self-experimentation is a poor and very dangerous method to conduct research when it involves psychedelic drugs. Sigmund’s friend and teacher from Ernst Brücke’s Laboratory, Ernst von Fleischl-Marxow was a brilliant physiologist who had become addicted to morphine after an amputation surgery which left him in chronic pain. Freud began to supply his friend with the wonder drug in hopes of alleviating his morphine addiction. Six weeks later after trying cocaine for the first time in his life, Freud wrote an enthusiastic paper for the centralblatt für die gesamte therapie which began to received attention. Soon after his publication, his essay appeared in the prestigious Viennese newspaper, Neue Freie Presse. Freud was overwhelmed with requests for information about cocaine. He presented his findings to the Vienna Physiologic Society and to the Vienna Psychiatric Society, he

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