May 1968

The Treatment of Alcoholism: A Study of Programs and Problems.

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By Raymond M. Glasscote, MA; Thomas F. A. Plaut, PhD; Donald W. Hammersley, MD; Francis J. O'Neill, MD; Morris E. Chafetz, MD; and Elaine Cumming, PhD. Price, $3. Pp 155. A publication of the Joint Information Service of the American Psychiatric Association and the National Association for Mental Health, Garamond/Pridemark Press, Baltimore, 1967.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1968;18(5):637. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1968.01740050125022

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This rather small paperback book contains a wide range of information on treatment programs for alcoholism in the United States. Articles about current programs are usually published as chapters in books or as isolated articles in various journals and presented from a slanted viewpoint. This book stands out in that it includes 11 examples of pioneering programs from a broad spectrum. The objective evaluations are amalgamated into a clear, easy to read, logical manner lacking in jargon which is appropriate for this vaguely-defined disease syndrome and treatment area of mental health.

The six experienced researchers, who are also the authors, have done a true service for their colleagues wishing to join this subspecialty or improve their total mental health approach in their own existing professional spheres.

The existing state of affairs in this subspecialty has been a source of major concern to

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