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September 8, 1945


JAMA. 1945;129(2):132-133. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860360034012

In a report to its lay members the Research Council on Problems of Alcohol presents a summary of studies carried on during the period of 1939 to 1944.1 A critical survey of the literature to 1941 on the effects of alcohol on the individual was completed by the New York University College of Medicine group headed by Norman Jolliffe and E. M. Jellinek. Volume I of this study (Yale University Press, 1942) is devoted to the etiology and treatment of abnormal drinking and to the mental and bodily disorders of chronic alcoholism. Workers at the Phipps Psychiatric Clinic of Johns Hopkins University under Dr. Curt P. Richter investigated the question of the appetite shown by animals and human beings for alcohol and whether this appetite gives any indication regarding the nutritional needs fulfilled by alcohol. When rats were given free access to purified minerals, vitamins, carbohydrates, fats and proteins,