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Sigmund Freuds revolutionary ideas have set the standard for modern psychoanalysis Students of psychology can learn from his ideas which spand from the field of medicine to our daily living His studies in areas such as unconsciousness dreams sexuality the Oedipus complex and sexual maladjustments laid the foundation for future studies and a better understanding of the small things which shapes our lives In 1873 Freud graduated from the Sperl Gymnasium in Vienna Freud was inspired by a public reading of an essay on nature by Johann von Goethe as a result he decided to turn to medicine as a careerGay10 He worked at the University of Vienna with one of the leading physiologists of his day Ernst Von Brucke and in 1882 he entered the General Hospital in Vienna as a clinical assistant After making several conclusions about the brains medulla Freud was appointed lecturer in neuropathology At this time in Freuds career he developed an interest in the medical uses and benefits of cocaine Britannica 582 Although some beneficial results were found in some forms of eye surgery cocaine use was generally denied by the surgeons of his time This interest in the narcotic hurt Freuds medical reputation for a time This episode in Freuds life has been looked upon as an example of his willingness to attempt bold solutions to relieve human suffering Wittels 98 From 1885 to 1886 Freud spent nineteen weeks with Jean Martin Charcot a world famous neurologist and the director of Paris asylum Charcot first introduced Freud to the idea of hysteria and hysterics Freud became intrigued by the idea of hypnotism Appignanesi 34 There was a firm belief that only women could be affected by the use of hypnotism Freud knew that hysteria could only develop where there is a degeneration of the brain not just with women but with men too and that hypnotism could have an effect on normal people Freud lost his
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