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February 16, 1957


JAMA. 1957;163(7):550. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02970420032010

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A step toward the eventual solution of one of the nation's most perplexing public health problems, alcoholism, was taken in Seattle at the clinical meeting of the American Medical Association last November. There, the House of Delegates approved a resolution urging that all cooperative patients with a diagnosis of alcoholism be admitted without prejudice to general hospitals. Additionally, the House of Delegates recommended that the resolution be brought to the attention of the A. M. A. Council on Medical Education and Hospitals, the American Hospital Association, and the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals for purposes of implementing educational approaches to problems of alcoholism. This resolution, which was submitted through the Board of Trustees by the Council on Mental Health and its Committee on Alcoholism, was published in its entirety in the Oct. 20, 1956, issue of The Journal.

Chronic alcoholism in the United States has reached the alarming degree

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