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October 15, 1938

THE PSYCHOANALYTIC TREATMENT IN A SANATORIUM OF CHRONIC ADDICTION TO ALCOHOL

Author Affiliations

TOPEKA, KAN.

From the Menninger Clinic.

JAMA. 1938;111(16):1443-1448. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790420023005
Abstract

There is perhaps no other condition met in psychiatry in which there is so much confusion of treatment methods, so much interference by the relatives and so many cases of relapse after attempted treatment as in chronic alcohol addiction. Also there is perhaps more pessimism with regard to this condition among those who attempt the treatment of unselected alcoholic addicts than with regard to any other psychiatric condition. Those who, like the laymen-therapists Durfee, author of "To Drink or Not to Drink," and Chambers, co-author with Dr. Strecker of "Alcohol—One Man's Meat," elect to treat only those addicts who themselves desire and seek treatment and are willing to cooperate, are still able to discuss the subject optimistically, but they give no evaluation of statistical results over a period of time. This paper will deal with the attempt to apply psychoanalytic knowledge to the study and institutional regimen of chronic alcoholic

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