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November 1, 1947


JAMA. 1947;135(9):579-584. doi:10.1001/jama.1947.02890090035015

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Washington Letter  (From a Special Correspondent)Oct. 30, 1947.

Dr. Hawley Reports Increase in Alcoholism Among Veterans  Dr. Paul R. Hawley, medical director, Veterans Administration, stated in a speech before the Southern Governor's Conference at Asheville, N. C., that chronic alcoholism is increasing among veterans "by leaps and bounds." He said that in two thirds of 10,000 patients expected to require treatment this year for alcoholism the condition involved pure uncomplicated alcoholism and had nothing to do with mental illness. The agency also announced that it plans a special research project on fertility problems of the 1,600 paraplegics of World War II. Rejected was a proposal for setting up an artificial insemination clinic for married veterans who had suffered loss of natural sexual function. Dr. Hawley announced the transfer of Dr. Robert C. Cook, deputy medical director since January 1946, to the managership of the Veterans Hospital at Fort Logan,

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