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July 4, 1953


JAMA. 1953;152(10):958. doi:10.1001/jama.1953.03690100076021

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Care of Alcoholics.  —At a recent meeting of the Finnish Medical Society (Finska Läkarsällskapet) a report on the results of the therapy of alcoholics in Finland was followed by a discussion of recent experiences in this field. In his report on the subject, Dr. O. Leineberg reviewed the achievements of a polyclinic started in 1947 in Vasa for the benefit of alcoholics requiring outpatient therapy. During the five year period 1947-1951, as many as 533 male alcoholics were studied and treated. They came within the category of alcoholics as defined by the Allan Memorial Institute in the United States, and it was primarily for their alcoholism and not for any remote effect of it that they were treated in this polyclinic. Among the 533 alcoholics were 191 in whom a positive result was achieved, 21 of them becoming total abstainers and the remainder curtailing their drinking habits to an appreciable

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