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April 1958

Alcoholism: A Treatment Guide for General Practitioners.

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By Donald W. Hewitt, M.D. Price, $3. Pp. 112, with 2 charts. Lea & Febiger, 600 S. Washington Sq., Philadelphia 6, 1957.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1958;101(4):840-841. doi:10.1001/archinte.1958.00260160164026

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Abstract

"I feel no pain now mother dear But oh, I am so dry! Please take me to a brewery And leave me there to die" Old Sea Shanty

"Alcoholism" gives the practicing physician a clear and usable text on the treatment of this disease. The author describes the general understanding of the problem, the management of the acute illness, follow-up, aversion and Antabuse therapy, the pitfalls of drugs, and advice to the family. It presents neither new concepts nor original work, but it is a modern and explicit treatment guide, written by a practical physician who has tried the old and the new and who avoids controversy and speculation. It tells us what to do and when and how to do it.

"The Hangover," by the chief psychotherapist at St. Elizabeth's Hospital, Washington, D. C, is a study of the psychodynamics of this illness. Nearly all chronic alcoholics agree that,

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