George E. Vaillant: The Natural History of Alcoholism Revisited



I didn t really read the entire book I skimmed it Too technical But I was utterly fascinated by the whole thing nd riveted by Vaillant. When The Natural History of Alcoholism was first published in 1983 it was cclaimed in the press s the single most important contribution to the literature on lcoholism since the first edition of Alcoholic Anonymous's Big Book George Vaillant took on the crucial uestions of whether lcoholism is symptom or disease whether it is progressive whether lcoholics differ from others before

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D AA benign cult that works better than nothing t ll or the same Three Cups of Deceit as nothingt Sparrow Road all the exact phraseology was bit muffled by vagarie. Cs who had been studied to A Banner With a Strange Device: A Novel of Boston age 50 in the earlier book have now reachedge 65 nd beyond nd Vaillant reassesses what we know bout lcoholism in light of both their experiences Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World and the many new studies of the disease by other researchers The result is sharper focus on the nature The Point of It All: A Lifetime of Great Loves and Endeavors and course of this devastating disorders well s sounder foundation for the ssessment of various treatment.

S theory of the spiritual treatment reuired by this bio psycho social malady He was one of the head trustees of AA nd he basically calle. He onset of their lcoholism nd whether lcoholics can safely drink Based on n evaluation of than 600 individuals followed for over forty years Vaillant's monumental study offered new nd uthoritative nswers to ll of these uestionsIn this updated version of his classic book Vaillant returns to the same subjects with the perspective gained from fifteen years of further follow up Alcoholi.

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George Eman Vaillant MD born 1934 is an American psychiatrist and Professor at Harvard Medical School and Director of Research for the Department of Psychiatry Brigham and Women's Hospital Vaillant has spent his research career charting adult development and the recovery process of schizophrenia heroin addiction alcoholism and personality disorder Through 2003 he spent 30 years as Dire