You’ve heard of Sigmund Freud, right? Of course you have – the guy who believed sexual desire was the principal motivator of all human activity. What you might not be aware of: before he starting spewing crap about sex and dreams, Freud was a brilliant physiologist. While studying medicine at the University of Vienna, Freud conducted promising research in the field of neurophysiology, specializing in the fish nervous system and sexual anatomy of eels. After receiving his M.D., Freud conducted pioneering research on the properties of cocaine (reviewed wonderfully by Scicurious) and cerebral palsy.
In spite of his love and aptitude for medical research, Freud was broke and needed money so that he could marry and start his life. To make ends meet, Freud abandoned his academic studies for a more financially stable career in clinical medicine. He started a neurology practice, forever traumatizing our society with his phallocentric view of psychology. Dubbed the Father of Psychoanalysis, many of Freud’s ideas were later rejected by psychologists. Can you imagine the early advances in physiology had Freud the financial means to remain in research?
The moral of this story: we need to fund medical research in this country, or I’ll be forced to go into medicine and start spewing crap about sex to make a living. Please don’t let this happen – call your representative!
FYI, this fascinating information about Sigmund Freud was recently brought to my attention by another blog, in addition to Scicurious’, but my motherhood-addled brain can’t remember whose it was. So please reveal yourself in the comments and receive credit where it’s due.
**Update** It was Zen who wrote about this earlier – thanks for a well-written and fascinating post!!