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November 2, 1957

Alcoholism: Basic Aspects and Treatment

JAMA. 1957;165(9):1216-1217. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980270126034

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This symposium brought together a group of eminent chemists, physiologists, pharmacologists, physicians, and psychologists for a discussion of the problems of alcoholism. In the first section of this monograph, there are fundamental studies on alcohol metabolism, associated stress reactions, effects of alcohol on carbohydrate metabolism, effects of alcohol on the central nervous system, effects of vitamins, and methods for hastening the metabolism of alcohol. The second section deals with the clinical aspects of the disease, including management of the acute intoxication, comatose states, and delirium tremens and the long-range care of the alcoholic patient from the psychodynamic, sociological, and pharmacological points of view. There are several papers on the use of the newer deterrent and tranquilizing agents. Major problem areas are defined, and paths for future research are opened up. It is an encouraging report, the first of several planned, using a sound multidisciplinary approach. It should be of great

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