Guy de Maupassant

picture of Guy de Maupassant
Guy de Maupassant (1850-1893), the French writer and author of the short story Dreams, used ether to relieve his headaches. In Sur l'Eau he remarks, "Migraine is atrocious torment, one of the worst in the world, weakening the nerves, driving one mad, scattering one's thoughts to the winds and impairing the memory. So terrible are these headaches that I can do nothing but lie on a couch and try to dull the pain by sniffing ether."

Dreams by Guy de Maupassant