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July 13, 1957


Author Affiliations
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry Yale University School of Medicine 333 Cedar St. New Haven 11, Conn.
JAMA. 1957;164(11):1273. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980110099017

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To the Editor:—  We were happy to see The Journal publish a series of special articles on alcoholism. Dissemination of information in this area is useful to the profession. In the May 11th issue Prof. Selden Bacon in his generally excellent article, "Social Settings Conducive to Alcoholism," states ( page 181) "other things being equal we would expect greater personality problems or more anomalous social experiences in the cases of 100 women alcoholics than among 100 men." This hypothesis should be clearly recognized as such. It implies that the female alcoholic presents a more difficult treatment problem than the male. In our experience as psychiatric consultants to two active, dynamically oriented alcoholism outpatient clinics, this has not been the case. Some female outpatients in these clinics obtained good results from treatment. In general women seemed to show no greater habituation than men.In the second article of the series, Dr. Himwich

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