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Article
October 8, 1982

Selection of Treatment for Alcoholics

JAMA. 1982;248(14):1759. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03330140067038
Abstract

Interfaces Between Alcoholism and Mental Health, edited by Earl X. Freed (NIAAA-RUCAS Alcoholism Treatment Series, No. 4), 390 pp, paper, $15, New Brunswick, NJ, Rutgers Center of Alcohol Studies, 1982.

These two books belong to a four-volume series on the treatment of alcoholism sponsored by the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and the Rutgers Center of Alcohol Studies. Each consists of previously published journal articles with an editor providing commentary. In general, the articles are well chosen and the editor's comments informative.

The collection edited by Dr Pattison addresses the question, Are some treatments better for some alcoholics than for others? The editor believes some probably are but is uncertain which. His conclusions are upbeat and sometimes offbeat. ("A facility should provide several types of treatment so that alcoholics may select the type they prefer.")

The articles go beyond addressing the key question. They deal with community differences

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