From the November 2003 magazine. First printed in October 1968.

Imagine Such a Disease. . .

Reprinted from The Roundabout in the October 1968 AA Grapevine

If some new and terrible disease were suddenly to strike us here in America--a disease of unknown cause, possibly due to noxious gas or poison in our soil, air, or water--it would be treated as a national emergency, with our whole citizenry uniting as a man to fight it.

Let us suppose the disease to have so harmful an effect on the nervous system that five million people in our country would go insane for periods lasting from a few hours to weeks or months and recurring repetitively over periods of from fifteen to thirty years.

-- Dr. Ruth Fox

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