Medicine: Normal Drunks

About the cause & cure of drunkenness doctors know little. But recently many of them have swung around to the theory that every drunkard is a spineless neurotic, driven to drink by some psychic gnawing.

Last week this theory got a bucket of cold water thrown right in its face. In the New England Journal of Medicine, hard-headed Psychiatrists Robert Edward Fleming and Kenneth James Tillotson denied that there is any such thing as an "alcoholic personality." Anyone, they said, "can become an alcoholic if he drinks long enough and heavily enough."

The doctors had followed like hawks the zigzag progress of 124...

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