From the June 1974 magazine.

About Alcoholism - Alcoholism Information, Research and Treatment

Probes and Needles

An eminent German neurologist and his research team at Gottingen University have developed what they believe to be a cure for cases of alcoholism and drug addiction that were once considered hopeless. Professor Fritz Roeder and his associates have developed techniques for a relatively safe operation on the brain to neutralize the part responsible for addiction.

"After many years of experiments on animals, as well as a number of hospital trials, our method can be considered safe," Professor Roeder [says]. "Our research has revealed that dependence on drugs or alcohol assumes the proportions of a natural urge after a certain period and, like the sexual drive or the urge to eat, is controlled by a certain brain center. Neutralizing this center, which is no more than 50 cubic millimeters in volume, will cure the patient for all time.

-- Thomas Land

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