Edited by Ronald J. Catanzaro, MD. Price, $22.50. Pp 501. Charles C Thomas, Publishers, 301-327 E Lawrence Ave, Springfield, Ill 62703, 1968.
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This book with an eye-catching subtitle sets out to prove that to-day's society offers more to "alcoholics" than Mark Twain portrayed in Huckleberry Finn:
And after supper they talked to him about temperance and such things till the old man cried and the judge cried . . . The old man said that what a man wanted that was down was sympathy and the judge said it was so; so they cried again.
It is an important beginning. The book originated when the editor was serving as chairman of the Research Committee of the North American Association of Alcoholism Programs. It consists of a collection of papers by 45 different authors, among them psychiatrists, social workers, hospital administrators, the co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, a captain of the Salvation Army, a professor of pastoral counseling, and a judge. This "multidisciplinary" approach could be viewed as an attempt to mobilize all
Casper R. Alcoholism: The Total Treatment Approach.. Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1969;21(1):119-120. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1969.01740190121024