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January 1963

The Bill W.--Carl Jung Letters

HERE is a vital chapter of AA's early history never before published. Before Bill brought the message to Bob, even before Ebbie carried the message to Bill, there was one--known as Roland H.--who had taken the message to Ebbie. Roland H., a helpless, hopeless alcoholic, had been set on the spiritual path to recovery by the celebrated psychiatrist, Dr. Carl Jung of Zurich. This extraordinary exchange of letters reveals for the first time not only the direct historical ancestry of AA, but the bizarre situation wherein Jung, deeply involved with scientists and with a scientific reputation at stake, felt he had to be cautious about revealing his profound and lasting belief that the ultimate sources of recovery are spiritual sources. Permission to publish Dr. Jung's letter has been granted to the Grapevine by the Jung estate.

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