Medicine: The Dry Drunkard

In the "disturbed" ward of a mental hospital, Dwight Anderson was, in his own words, "a 50-year-old derelict." In the words of his attending physician, he looked like "a disheveled man of past 60, with a bad heart and an incurable mental disorder." There seemed small hope 18 years ago of saving the little that was left to save. But Dwight Anderson's alcoholism was treated as an illness, rather than a crime, and he recovered.

Some men endow a hospital or put up a monument to mark what they consider a miraculous escape, but Anderson wrote a book, The Other...

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