Medical Management of the Alcoholic Patient

  • Benjamin Kissin


With the advent of the multidisciplinary approach to the treatment of chronic alcoholism, a broad spectrum of professional and paraprofessional personnel have become involved in the treatment process. Among the categories involved are physicians (psychiatrists, internists, and family physicians), nurses, clinical psychologists, counseling psychologists, social workers, vocational counselors, educational counselors, recreational therapists, ex-alcoholic counselors, and doubtless many others. With the exception of the physicians, the role of each discipline is fairly well defined. On the other hand, the specific role of the physician in the treatment of alcoholics remains more ambiguous. This ambiguity stems from a variety of sources.


Family Physician Medical Complication Coping Mechanism Problem Drinker Physical Dependence 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Benjamin Kissin
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  1. 1.Alcoholism Division, Downstate Medical CenterState University of New YorkBrooklynUSA

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