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July 11, 2001

Pathological Gambling

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Division of Substance Abuse, Department of Psychiatry, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Conn.


Contempo Updates Section Editor: Alice T. D. Hughes, MD, Fishbein Fellow.

JAMA. 2001;286(2):141-144. doi:10.1001/jama.286.2.141

Legalized gambling grossed US $50 billion in 1998, more than the motion picture, theme park, and music industries combined.1 An increased prevalence of gambling problems has accompanied the recent rapid expansion of legalized gambling.2 Since significant adverse consequences often accompany gambling problems, there is a growing need to understand, identify, and develop effective treatments for individuals with gambling problems.

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