Freud's medicine: from the ‘cocaine papers’ to ‘Irma's Injection’

Dave Boothroyd

in Culture on Drugs

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print December 2006 | ISBN: 9780719055980
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781700921 | DOI:
Freud's medicine: from the ‘cocaine papers’ to ‘Irma's Injection’

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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.

Keywords: Sigmund Freud; cocaine; Irma's injection; Scientific Psychology; neurological principles; neuropsychological mechanisms; mixed treatments

Chapter.  13144 words. 

Subjects: Media Studies

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