October 1955

Management of Addictions.

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By Edward Podolsky, M.D. Price, $7.50. Pp. 413, with 24 figures and 13 tables. Philosophical Library, Inc., 15 East 40th St., New York 16, 1955.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1955;96(4):569-570. doi:10.1001/archinte.1955.00250150143017

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Thirty-five papers from nineteen periodicals are collected under the editorship of Dr. Edward Podolsky in a volume entitled "Management of Addictions." This title would seem to suggest that the book offers a particular program or regimen for the treatment of narcotics addiction. Actually, however, more than two-thirds of the book is devoted to alcoholism, and the diversity of approaches reflected in the table of contents indicates that a specific treatment for either alcohol or drug addiction is still to be found. Although considerable basic information is contained in the individual papers, internists and general practitioners will probably be most interested in the respective papers by Diethelm and Pescor on "The Alcohol Problem" and "The Problem of Narcotic Drug Addiction." A number of the papers emphasize the importance of a multifactored approach to the understanding and treatment of both types of addiction. The family physician's understanding of the problems of addiction

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