The miracle drug that wasn't
Please check out Richard Rayner's review of An Anatomy of Addiction in LA Times. Here is an excerpt:
"Cocaine freed up Freud's writing and a cocaine-induced dream opens his first masterwork." Ideas of pleasure, pain, suppressed guilt and subsequent liberation, all of which Freud came to associate with the drug, lie behind his development of psychoanalysis, the talking cure. The analytic process, for those who have experienced it, is itself almost like a narcotic inviting the subject to wander, trance-like, through the ruins of dream and memory."