"Protection against stimuli is an almost more important function for the living organism than reception of stimuli." CD p. 289 Freud's Death Drive since it was first advanced was considered a highly controversial theoretical idea. Holden presents it as a useful theory when attempting to understand alcohol dependence CID. Lacan considered it pivotal to the development of Freud's ideas. This paper is an attempt to describe the death drive as presented by Freud. To take that description and test its clinical usefulness in understanding a case history. The life of Matt Talbot (1856-1925) has been chosen to provide material for the case study. A sketch of The Life Of Matt Talbot is included as appendix 1. Finally, Lacan's comment that the death drive is pivotal to the development of Freud's ideas will be examined. The author believes that psychoanalysis in general and the death drive in particular provides us with more than a controversial theory. It is a paradigm, a new language, different to psychiatry and religion. With the latter two Talbot can be explained as reformed alcoholic or potential saint. Psychoanalysis does not provide such a succinct synopsis of a life instead it provides some interesting debate. Talbot's biographer Glynn, claims his years as a lawyer helped him to set down the truth about Talbot. His description of his witnesses sets the trend for his examination. "How unconsciously they revealed their own beautiful lives as they told stories of their saintly friend, and how, as one listens to them one realises that these were the true types of our people, and not the wretched degenerates which a so-called National Theatre presents to the world." ® p. vii Glynn evokes images of truth, unconscious, sainthood and Catholicism as the true type of our people. The author hopes with the aid of Freud and Lacan to pose a question about this truth.