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March 13, 1981

Learning about alcoholism: a 'must' for physicians

JAMA. 1981;245(10):1005. doi:10.1001/jama.1981.03310350007003

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"Our Brothers' Keeper," a film emphasizing that physicians themselves are not immune to problems posed by alcohol, has appeared widely on public television in recent months and will be shown at the Congress on Medical Education in Chicago in April. Four other dramatic films will also be released during 1981 to teach physicians clinical skills in relation to alcoholism.

These are among materials being developed through Project Cork, a program funded by Operation Cork of the Kroc Foundation that began at Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover, NH, in 1977. The program now has spread to the medical schools of Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland; the University of Colorado, Denver; Morehouse College, Atlanta; Rush University, Chicago; and the University of Washington, Seattle.

At Dartmouth, Project Cork coordinators say the emphasis is on "integrating the subject of alcohol into existing courses at the medical school, because alcoholics and alcoholism [have an impact on]