Alcoholism: An Interdisciplinary Approach. Proceedings of the First Annual Conference on Community Mental Health, Social Science Institute, Washington University, 1959

Marvin A. Block, M.D.
JAMA. 1960;172(14):1574. doi:10.1001/jama.1960.03020140110029.
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The first section of this volume is composed of five papers from the fields of physiology, psychology, psychiatry, and sociology. Each paper deals with alcoholism as applied to one of the fields mentioned. An account of the status of research in alcoholism in each of the disciplines is described. Suggestions are made for further research. The second section of the book consists of five papers dealing with interdisciplinary communication, animal behavior, psychology, social psychiatry, and medical sociology. These are followed by a record of the discussions by the 16 contributors to the volume.

For the person experienced in the subject, this book should be of value due to its exposition of the necessity for cooperation among the disciplines dealing with alcoholism. Much of the material is necessarily repetitious as there is some overlapping in the various fields. An interesting point is the agreement that the prestige of individual disciplines is


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