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February 20, 1960

Proceedings of the Research Conference on Problems of Alcohol and Alcoholism, Held at Washington, D. C., 25-26 October 1958

JAMA. 1960;172(8):884. doi:10.1001/jama.1960.03020080114037

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This book consists of 25 papers on different aspects of the problems of alcoholism. The introductory article, written by E. C. Hoff, outlines the purposes of the conference with general explanatory remarks about the proceedings. The approaches to the problem of alcoholism include the physiological, sociological, medical, psychiatric, and experimental. Biochemical and nutritional studies are also presented. Several articles describe the experiences of the staff of the Alcoholism Clinic of the New York State University College of Medicine, in Brooklyn, N. Y. Another paper is devoted to the study of alcoholics in a New England prison. Some of the reports are evaluations of drugs used in the treatment of the alcoholic patient. One paper explains the experimental use of d-lysergic acid diethylamide. Statistical reports compare the mortality among treated alcoholics and characteristics of alcoholics as related to prediction of therapeutic outcome. Comparison between alcoholics and nonalcoholics in traffic accidents is

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