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Dave Boothroyd

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780719055980

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719055980.001.0001

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

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

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(p.69) 4 Freud's medicine: from the ‘cocaine papers’ to ‘Irma's Injection’
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Culture on Drugs
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Dave Boothroyd

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719055980.003.0004

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

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