Dr. Howard Markel Discusses His New Book "An Anatomy of Addiction: Sigmund Freud, William Halsted, and the Miracle Drug Cocaine"

This event was held on September 12, 2011 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Join us as acclaimed medical historian and UM Professor Howard Markel discusses his new book - the astonishing account of the years-long cocaine use of Sigmund Freud, young, ambitious neurologist, and William Halsted, the equally young, path finding surgeon. Markel writes of the physical and emotional damage caused by the then-heralded wonder drug, and how each man ultimately changed the world in spite of it--or because of it. One became the father of psychoanalysis; the other, of modern surgery.

"Anatomy of Addiction: Sigmund Freud, William Halsted, and the Miracle Drug, Cocaine" has just been released to nationwide acclaim. The New York Times, in their July 24 review (on the front-page on the Sunday Book Review section) called this new book a "tour de force of scientific and social history," The Wall Street Journal labeled it as "irresistible," and Booklist described this new nonfiction title as a "compelling and compassionate account of these two icons in the annals of medicine and their shared addictions."

Books will be on sale at this event, which will also include a book signing. Howard Markel, M.D., Ph.D. is the George E. Wantz Distinguished Professor of the History of Medicine and director of the Center for the History of Medicine at the University of Michigan. His previous books include "Quarantine!" and "When Germs Travel." His articles have appeared in the New York Times, The Journal of the American Medical Association, and The New England Journal of Medicine, and he is a frequent contributor to National Public Radio. Markel is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and lives in Ann Arbor.

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