The dream contributed heavily to his book, and is now known as the “Irma’s Injection” dream.
In it, Freud stands before a great hall, welcoming guests to a party.
He wrote extensively on it, and he even attempted to use it as a springboard to medical fame.
When the dark side of cocaine began to emerge, after more than a decade of using the drug, Freud kicked his habit, and did everything in his power to erase public knowledge he had ever touched it.
His unexpected failure sent him on a course of drug addiction that changed the course of psychiatric history.
He and Freud cauterized her nose with cocaine, which was legal at the time, and sometimes used as a local anesthetic and for cauterization.
They shoveled gram after gram of pure cocaine up Emma’s nose; the chemicals burned through her tissue and sinuses, emitting both a surge of pus and the putrefying smell of burning flesh.
This result is enjoyed without any of the unpleasant after-effects that follow exhilaration brought about by alcohol.” He then described the beauty of his coke rush: “One senses an increase of self-control and feels more vigorous and more capable of work; on the other hand, if one works, one misses that heightening of the mental powers which alcohol, tea, or coffee induce.
One is simply normal, and soon finds it difficult to believe that one is under the influence of any drug at all.” Oblivious to cocaine’s addictive properties, Freud prescribed cocaine to his friend and teacher, Ernst von Fleischl-Marxow.