Howard Markel and Amanda Smith discuss Addiction

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Howard Markel and Amanda Smith discuss the evolution of the term “addiction.” Howard Markel's An Anatomy of Addiction: Sigmund Freud, William Halsted, and the Miracle Drug Cocaine traces the story of two Sigmund Freud and William Halsted, a New York surgeon. The book analyzes their powerful addiction to cocaine and how they ultimately changed the world in spite of it—or because of it. One became the father of psychoanalysis; the other of modern surgery. Amanda Smith is the author of Newspaper Titan: The Infamous Life and Monumental Times of Cissy Patterson, which touches upon the drinking life of Patterson's daughter Felicia, who, in 1943, was one of the first women to enter Alcoholics Anonymous.


Howard Merkel and Amanda Smith

Comments [2]

Whoa... WHOA!!! Neville Isdell, a 30 year executive at Coke® swore up and down on this very show that there was NEVER any cocaine in the Coke® recipe. NEVER!!

He said it!!

Gee, I wonder if Nevel was being "accurate"???

Feb. 01 2012 01:56 PM
Ana from NJ

What about food addiction? Can they comment on that? Thanks

Feb. 01 2012 01:43 PM

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