The Treatment of Alcoholism: Background and Practice

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(2), 133–135. Reviews the book, Treatment and Rehabilitation of the Chronic Alcoholic: The Biology of Alcoholism, Vol. 5 edited by Benjamin Kissin and Henri Begleiter (see record 1978-04049-000). This is a good book and part of an excellent series. As is true with any edited text, some chapters are much better than others, but no chapter is bad–quite an accomplishment for any compendium. A few chapters appear to meet adequately the needs of both clinically and academically oriented readers. The clinically oriented reader will find a series of sections interesting, beginning with the physician-oriented chapter 2. The first half of this chapter is especially clear, dealing with how to choose a treatment model and a referral resource, although the latter part of the chapter is not as carefully presented. Additional chapters of interest to the clinician deal with half-way houses (chapter 9), the role of the recovered alcoholic in treatment (chapter 12), and training for professionals and nonprofessionals in alcoholism (chapter 13), the latter two meeting the needs of the nonclinician as well. No book is perfect, but this text has important attributes that recommend it to both the clinically oriented and academically oriented reader. It should be included in all libraries dealing with the topic of alcoholism. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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