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October 1962

Alcoholism and Society.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1962;7(4):306-307. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1962.01720040072007

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Since this book contains 3 very loosely connected sections, it demanded a title as broad as Alcoholism and Society to begin to circumscribe the contents. In Chapter I, under the caption "Orientation," there is really no over-all preparation for what is to come but rather a definition of alcoholism and some cogent discussion about alcohol and reasons for drinking. The first of the 3 big sections consists of a review of previous work. This includes much important material presented in a clear summary form. It is not an exhaustive review of the literature. A historical survey of contemporary alcoholism programs (the second section) seemed to be the most important contribution of the book. The authors describe the initiation and growth of legislation in various states in this country dealing with alcoholism as regards treatment, research, education, and most recently coordination. Interestingly, the authors give data concerning governmental efforts to

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