From the April 1978 magazine.

About Alcoholism - Alcoholism Information, Research and Treatment

Doctor's Role Assessed

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According to Dr. Benjamin Kissin, State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center, many alcoholics can be frustrating in their behavior, which includes a laxity in paying medical fees.

"It is a cruel and harsh thing to say, but I think the family physician is better off not treating that kind of patient, because he is just going to lower his own tolerance for other alcoholic...