Medicine: No Place to Go

¶ At least 60% of doctors do not treat alcoholics in any shape or form. ¶ Municipal hospitals, when they admit drunks, treat them with indifference, sober them up, try to get rid of them as quickly as possible (usually in less than 24 hours). Most private hospitals bar them.

This report, a stern rebuke to the medical profession, was delivered last week by a committee of the New York Academy of Medicine. The survey covered only New York City. But other cities are apt to be worse; most dump alcoholics in jail.


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