Medicine: Alcoholic Illness

"Last week was very heavy," said the male nurse in an alcoholic ward at Manhattan's Bellevue Hospital. "One night we took in 20. Usually they come between 3 in the afternoon and 8 the next morning, sometimes under their own power, sometimes with the police. A lot of other stews come around just looking for a place to sleep."

From all parts of the country the story was the same: Americans were drinking harder than ever. A movieland 1945 Oscar went to the portrayal of a drunk; the book from which the story was taken...

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