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June 1956

Etiology of Chronic Alcoholism

AMA Arch NeurPsych. 1956;75(6):671. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1956.02330240109011

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In a book which combines the work of many disciplines, chronic alcoholism is considered from a broad, integrated point of view. The varied possible approaches to research in chronic alcoholism are dealt with in an introductory chapter by the editor, Oskar Diethelm. Dr. Mary Sherfey discusses the psychopathology and character structure of these patients and produces material confirming the observations of others that the symptom of alcoholism may be associated with any psychiatric condition.

An illuminating and valuable chapter by Freile Fleetwood on experimental laboratory investigations ties up biochemical factors with the emotions of anxiety, agression, and resentment in alcoholic patients. This bears further exploration. There are two chapters by Manfred Bleuler, one on familial considerations and the other a comparative study of differences between Swiss and American alcoholics. An anthropological study by Milton Barnett of alcoholism in the Cantonese of New York City completes this valuable volume.

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