Views & Reviews Medical Classics

Sister Morphine

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 16 September 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b3806
  1. Marina Hill, general practitioner
  1. marina.hill{at}

Sister Morphine, written and composed by Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, and Marianne Faithful, was released on the Sticky Fingers album in 1971, one of the most critically acclaimed of all the Rolling Stones’ albums.

It is a song about drug addiction. The song has credibility and integrity, written by those with painful experience of the events it describes. It is a stark confessional: a man at the end of the road of drug addiction wakes up in hospital, with a ravaged body and undergoing cold turkey. He repeatedly begs the nurse …

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