The author of this concise and well written volume has had a wide experience in treating patients suffering from alcoholism, particularly in the setting of a special clinic maintained by and for industrial personnel. The book covers the general approach to the problem and includes definitions, etiology, diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis. Descriptions of the medical and neuropsychiatric complications are adequate, and their management is clearly described. There is a good description of the Consolidated Edison—New York University—Bellevue Medical Center Plan, the clinic in which the author works. There are some interesting observations on the analytic and psychiatric approach to this problem that should be of value to the reader. The medical treatment is well outlined, and details of treatment are given. Various industrial programs for alcoholism are mentioned, and additional facilities are listed. This book should be of special value to those who have had some experience with alcoholic patients.
Alcoholism. JAMA. 1958;168(7):977. doi:10.1001/jama.1958.03000070133027
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