03 October 1997
Vol 278, Issue 5335

About The Cover

Picasso's The Absinthe Drinker (1901). Absinthe, a concoction of distilled spirits and plant extracts, was a favorite narcotic in the Parisian cafes of the 19th century. Its intoxicating qualities, enjoyed by Toulouse-Lautrec and Modigliani among others, led to interdiction in France in 1911. The editorial (15), news stories (35), and six articles (45) discuss policy implications of findings about addictive substances, the biology of addiction, and new approaches to therapy. [Calligraphy by Bernard Maisner] Copyright permission was not granted for Web usage of the Picasso painting.