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December 29, 1956


Author Affiliations


Chairman, Committee on Alcoholism.

JAMA. 1956;162(18):1610-1619. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.72970350002008

The medical treatment of alcoholism is rapidly becoming more important in accomplishing recovery for patients with this disease. Because of the fear and threat that so many alcoholics feel about any treatment, a medical approach seems much more acceptable. With the general feeling of physical well-being, any type of therapy becomes less of a threat and the cooperation of the patient becomes much more possible.

It is important, therefore, that the patient be given as healthy a physiological basis as is possible before any type of therapy is applied. With the newer medications at the disposal of the therapist, a medical approach can be used with much better results and fewer untoward side-effects than with the older types of medications. The medical treatment also offers an avenue for many more practitioners to treat alcoholics than heretofore, because the newer drugs allow for a greater feeling of comfort for the patient,