From the September 1971 magazine.

About Alcoholism - Alcoholism Information, Research and Treatment

Psychiatry's Province?

"If every psychiatrist in the country decided to treat alcoholism, there would be just enough psychiatrists to treat all the alcoholics in the state of California." Dr. [Morris E.] Chafetz said recently.

"Our society has just automatically assumed that the psychiatrists are the people with know-how in this particular field," says Dr. Stanley Gitlow. "Some are, of course, but in the main, psychiatry has abandoned the alcoholic for the past quarter of a century or so. Some say this is an untreatable disease and turn their backs on it; others say it's treatable, but it's not a disease, it's just a symptom of an underlying psychiatric defect, and if you change that, the patient can safely go back to drinking.

-- Medical World News

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