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August 1968

Out-Patient Treatment of Alcoholism: A Study of Outcome and Its Determinants.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1968;19(2):246-250. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1968.01740080118023

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This book is a singular achievement and deserves the attention of all serious students of psychiatry because it sheds an unusually clear view on a little known but socially vital area of clinical experience in psychiatry. The price of such a view involved not only money but five years of the services of two investigators, Donald L. Gerard, MD, and Gerhart Saenger, PhD. The subject is little known, generally because there are not too many papers written about the outpatient treatment of alcoholism and because there is limited interest in this realm. This is a socially vital area of psychiatry because of the huge numbers of untreated alcoholics and an even larger number of other people whose lives are seriously touched and disrupted by the behavior of each alcoholic. It is noteworthy that this valuable study was made possible through the efforts of the North American Association of Alcoholism Programs

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