From the February 1974 magazine.

About Alcoholism - Alcoholism Information, Research and Treatment

Book Review - 'Alcoholism--Progress in Research and Treatment'

Edited by Peter G. Bourne, MD, and Ruth Fox, MD, it is an awesome book, broad in scope, weighty, noteworthy--possibly a milestone. Since vast ignorance of "the most dangerous of all drugs" still prevails, this newest report on research and treatment is truly important. Space does not permit even listing, let alone commenting on, the 17 chapters, each written by an authority on his or her particular aspect of the illness and its treatment. The contributors present data on such topics as the biochemical effects of alcohol, drinking patterns, and the social impact of alcoholism on the individual, his family, and his job.

"Does AA Really Work?," by Barry Leach, is a comprehensive chapter, with 11 divisions, including description of the program, evaluation of its effectiveness, literature, and the 1968 survey, followed by five pages of references. Dr. Stanley E. Gitlow's chapter "Alcoholism: A Disease" is a convincing dissertation which leaves no doubt. Chapter summaries, bibliographies, and author and subject indexes are detailed and complete.

-- M. E. S.

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