Tag Archives: morphine

Ella’s addiction: the story of a mother and morphine

Lisa Mulleneaux New York, NY, USA Ella Quinlan O’Neill in the early 1880s. Courtesy of Yale University Library Doctors today are relearning lessons from a century ago when overprescription of opioids created an epidemic of addicts, most of whom were upper-class or middle-class women. Eugene O’Neill’s mother, Mary “Ella” Quinlan O’Neill, was one of them, […]

Poppy power

John Graham-Pole Gainesville, Florida, USA   Dr. Graham-Pole with cancer patient, Bridget. At the time of the photo, Bridget had life-threatening cancer requiring opioids, and is now a successful artist. Author photo. The poppy’s juice . . .brings the sleep to dear Mama — Sara Coleridge, Pretty Lessons in Verse for Good Children   In Xanadu […]

On being a spousal caregiver

William D. Black Knoxville, Tennessee, USA   When I was 55 years old, and had been in the private practice of Internal Medicine and Nephrology for 22 years, my wife Barbara was diagnosed with breast cancer. At the time of her diagnosis she already had widespread bony metastases. Five weeks later, I came home one […]

Illuminating addiction: morphinomania in fin-de-siècle visual culture

Natalia Angeles Vieyra Philadelphia, PA     Paul-Albert Besnard, Morphinomanes ou Le Plumet, 1887 Etching and drypoint, plate: 9 5/16 x 14 inches (23.75 x 35.6 cm) Sheet: 12 5/8 x 17 5/8 inches (32.1 x 44.8 cm) Philadelphia Museum of Art Purchased with the SmithKline Beckman Corporation Fund, 1980 The etchings of Paul-Albert Besnard […]