Tag Archives: Alcoholism

There is power in the blood

Mark Tan Northwest Deanery, UK   Vue du Cimetiere de Melegnano – le lendemain du Combat. [View of the Cemetery at Melegnano – the aftermath of combat.] “Carne fa carne e vino fa sango” [Meat makes flesh and wine makes blood] – Italian proverb Laura was covered in blood when the paramedics arrived at her […]

It’s elementary: the addictions of Sherlock Holmes

Kevin R. Loughlin Boston, Massachusetts, USA   Illustration of Sherlock Holmes for “The Valley of Fear.” From The Strand Magazine. By Frank Wiley September, 1914. Accessed via the Toronto Public Library, Adventures with Sherlock Holmes virtual exhibit. One might ask, why write about the addictions of a fictional character? The answer is that there is […]

The door to recovery

Irene Aluen Metzner Glenn Youngkrantz Chicago, Illinois, USA   Stories about addiction are often filled with despair, but they don’t have to be: this is a true story in two parts. The first is the perspective of a patient, and the second that of his doctor, as they chose to be hopeful.   Part I The Two Doorways. James McNeill Whistler. 1879/80. The […]

Heroes and alcohol

Cal Bartley Penarth, South Wales, UK   Photo by Cal Bartley It would seem that literary heroes cannot function without alcohol, as so many great books reference alcohol in a positive light. Even if it does not lubricate the plot, a glance at many classics suggest that a stiff drink is needed for the hero […]

Art therapy: a historical perspective

Mirjana Stojkovic-Ivkovic Belgrade, Serbia   Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901) Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec – Portrait de Suzanne Valadon (1885)                       Art therapy is a form of psychotherapy that uses the creation of art to help resolve psychopathological conflicts. It helps people to identify psychological weaknesses and see […]

Mainstreaming acupuncture in Chicago

Frank Yurasek Chicago, Illinois, United States   Frank Yurasek presents German Auricular Acupuncture Research Poster at Stanford Anesthesiology Department Hosted SAR Conference. For sixteen years I drove seventy-eight miles round-trip to stick needles in addicts, alcoholics, violent offenders, and homeless women. I practiced acupuncture with vulnerable communities around Chicago and southern Wisconsin even though it […]

Alcohol and the art of David Teniers Jr.

Mirjana Stojkovic – Ivkovic Belgrade, Serbia   Fig 1. Smokers and drinkers, Museo del Prado, Madrid (this picture makes fun of human frailties, stupidity and vices.) David Teniers the Younger (1610-1690) was one of the most prolific and versatile Flemish artists. About 2000 pictures have been attributed to him, including replicas and copies, and at […]

Dead people healing alcoholism

Maria Barna Sibiu, Romania   In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, there were many villages in the Moldavia region of Romania where doctors hardly ever came. When people became ill they found hope in prayers or in the secret knowledge of initiated women. Thus the treatment of alcoholism was based on empirical and […]

The creation of Tennessee Williams’ Blanche Dubois: a biographical psychotic neurotic

 Fizzah Ali United Kingdom  Marlon Brando as Stanley Kowalski Stage version of A Streetcar Named Desire Photographed by Carl Van Vechten in 1948. The American dramatist Tennessee Williams wrote several plays, among these The Glass Menagerie,1 The Rose Tattoo,2 and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.3 Recurrent themes in his plays are alcoholism, the death […]

Edgar Allan Poe – a tormented literary genius

Donna J. A. Olson Whitelaw, Alberta Edgar Allan Poe, 1809-1849 A man attempts to hide from his sins and ultimately from himself. A murderer takes an old man’s life and hides the body under the floorboards. But he cannot silence his guilt, so he keeps on hearing the dead man’s heart in his room. This […]