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One of the most encouraging results of the development of modern psychiatric diagnosis and treatment has been a change in the point of view toward alcoholism. Except in a few sanatoriums where the chances of a "cure" were doubtful, little was done until comparatively recently to enable the chronic alcoholic addict to cure himself in order that he might lead a relatively well adjusted life. The senior author of the present book is an able psychiatrist with much experience. He presents for the first time a short, rather simple, volume describing what is being done and what can be done for the alcoholic addict, bearing in mind the new point of view that alcoholism is a mental disease which, in the hands of modern psychiatrists, can be cured in many cases. The present work is not deep. The authors present little scientific evidence dealing with the mechanisms, diagnosis or treatment
Alcohol: One Man's Meat—. JAMA. 1938;111(13):1237. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790390093037