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November 1955

Management of Addictions

AMA Arch NeurPsych. 1955;74(5):582. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1955.02330170116023

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This volume is a collection of thirty-five papers by forty-eight authors, dealing with various aspects of alcoholic and drug addictions. All papers have been previously published elsewhere.

The book is divided into two sections, the first dealing with alcohol addiction. Excessive drinking and chronic alcoholism are differentiated. The latter is seen as a multifactorial problem with compound etiology. Some authors feel that alcohol is used to diminish tensions related to early oral deprivation; others feel it can be used as a defense against tension due to any type of problem, in persons generally intolerant of stress. There are several papers about alcoholism as a genetotrophic disorder, that is, a nutritional deficiency with an inherited partial enzymatic block.

Therapies ranging from acute management to chronic care, and from Alcoholics Anonymous and Antabuse to calcium injections and carbon dioxide, are presented and evaluated. A plea is made for a multifocal constructive teamwork

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