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Sonenshine Lecture to Focus on Influence of Cocaine on Freud's Career

The Old Dominion University Institute for Jewish Studies and Interfaith Understanding will present The Helen and Daniel Sonenshine Lecture in Jewish Studies, featuring acclaimed social and cultural historian Howard Markel, at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2, in Chandler Recital Hall of the Diehn Center for the Performing Arts.

During his lecture, "Storming the Gates of the Temple: Young Dr. Freud and the Vienna General Hospital," Markel will discuss the role cocaine played in the early career of Sigmund Freud. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Markel 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 latest book is "An Anatomy of Addiction: Sigmund Freud, William Halsted, and the Miracle Drug Cocaine," published in July by Pantheon Books/Alfred A. Knopf.

The critically acclaimed book tells of the years-long cocaine use of 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.

Markel is the author, co-author or co-editor of 10 books, including the award-winning "Quarantine! East European Jewish Immigrants and the New York City Epidemics of 1892" (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1997) and "When Germs Travel: Six Major Epidemics That Have Invaded America Since 1900 and the Fears They Have Unleashed" (Pantheon Books/Alfred A. Knopf, 2004).

From 2005-06, Markel served as a historical consultant on pandemic influenza preparedness planning for the U.S. Department of Defense. Since 2006, he has served as the principal historical consultant on pandemic preparedness for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. From late April 2009 to February 2011, he served as a member of the CDC director's "Novel A/H1N1 Influenza Team B," a real-time think tank of experts charged with evaluating the federal government's influenza policies on a daily basis during the outbreak.

For more information about the lecture or other IJIU programs and events, contact Kelly Duggins at kduggins@odu.edu or 683-3931 or visit http://al.odu.edu/ijiu/.

This article was posted on: November 1, 2011

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