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November 1968

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Arch Intern Med. 1968;122(5):463-464. doi:10.1001/archinte.1968.00040010463027

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The present book records the proceedings of a conference held at the Royal College of Physicians of London in February 1967. Eight chairmen presided, and 36 speakers contributed to a handy volume of 442 pages. Sir Max Rosenheim was the chairman on opportunistic infections and alcoholism. Opportunistic infections seem to be what is generally known as nosocomial disorders. Disposing factors such as old age, diabetes, uremia, and defects in immunoglobulin production are briefly touched upon. The only scotoma that this reviewer could find in this picture is omission of moniliasis that occurs in hypoparathyroidism. Alcohol is treated by Edwards, Celie Hensman, Bailey, and Davies. Psychosocial aspects are considered in an admirable way. One is somewhat reminded of the words ascribed to Oscar Wilde: "Labor is the curse of the drinking classes." The treatment of alcoholism (rather a sad chapter) rightly emphasizes the importance of organizations such as Alcoholics Anonymous. On

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