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February 2002

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Just a note to let you know I loved the section on the Fourth Edition of the Big Book in the December issue. I was especially impressed by FAQs [frequently asked questions]; however, there were a couple of inaccuracies.

By my count, seventeen stories were carried over from the Third Edition (not counting Dr. Bob's story, which is set apart) rather than sixteen, as stated in the article. The Fourth Edition committee originally chose to keep seventeen stories and later cut one out to allow the publications department enough flexibility to keep the book about the same number of pages as the Third Edition. I assume that after layout they found that they had enough room and reinstated one story. (The dust jacket also says sixteen stories have been kept.)

As you now know, after your December issue went to press, the new title for "Doctor, Alcoholic, Addict" was changed from "The Doctor Prescribes Acceptance" to "Acceptance Was the Answer."

Editors' note: Jim C. served on the Big Book subcommittee and as chair of the Trustees Literature Committee.

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