This Strange Illness Alcoholism and Bill W.

by Jared C. Lobdell

This Strange Illness Alcoholism and Bill W. Synopsis

This brilliant work, both personal and professional in character, is a study of alcoholism, of a movement aimed at its cure, and of an individual participant in this development. The author develops an interlinked theory and scientific research program that describe an illness of the mind, body, and spirit. He does so without allowing the assumptions underlying the way we look at one area of illness, say the mind, to contradict the assumptions underlying the way we look at the human body or for that matter the human spirit. That Lobdell carries this project to a successful conclusion makes this a compelling work for everyone in the field of alcohol studies and social pathology. Lobdell, who has written on a broad range of subjects, here argues the originality and importance of recognition of alcoholism as a tripartite illness, and of congruent treatment for the three parts. He thus accepts a medical view of this vast social problem, but also recognizes dimensions within it that go beyond the ordinary limits of medical practice, as well as the complexity of its treatment. His book is at once an intellectual history of Bill W.'s vision; a short history of alcohol addiction and the culture of that addiction; a treatise on the psychological, biochemical, and spiritual aspects of the illness and its treatment; and a scientific research program for the future. Norman K. Denzin of the University of Illinois has hailed the book as a wonderful story brought to a sophisticated readership, and will widely appeal to the recovering population. Matthew J. Raphael, intimate with the subjects as well as the concerns of this book says, This Strange Illness is an astounding book. Jared Lobdell, a brilliant polymath, traverses a spectrum of disciplines u from biogenetics and chaos theory to psychology, sociology, and theology u in search of a sufficiently complex and comprehensive understanding alcoholism. This is the most intellectually rigorous study I have ever seen in the field. Jared C. Lobdell is author or editor of a dozen books in history and criticism and a number of articles in fields ranging from alcohol studies to systems analysis. He has served as a fellow at the Center for Alcoholism and Addiction Studies, Brown University. His current positions are at Millersville University of Pennsylvania and adjunct professor at Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania.

This Strange Illness Alcoholism and Bill W. Press Reviews

This Strange Illness , by Jared C. Lobdell, provides a wide-ranging review of a variety of topics related to our understanding of alcoholism. - Addiction -Lobdell writes an original account of the history and paradigm of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), probably the second most complete account of AA since Ernest Kurtz's Not God: A History of Alcoholics Anonymous (CH, Feb'80). His unique contribution is his attempt to analyze AA philosophy and practice against current scientific research on the etiology and treatment of alcoholism... [T]his is a unique contribution to the small body of literature that analyzes the AA movement in a serious, comprehensive manner. It is useful for any historical collection. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Graduate students, faculty, and professionals.- --D. L. Loers, Choice -This Strange Illness , by Jared C. Lobdell, provides a wide-ranging review of a variety of topics related to our understanding of alcoholism.- --Addiction Lobdell writes an original account of the history and paradigm of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), probably the second most complete account of AA since Ernest Kurtz's Not God: A History of Alcoholics Anonymous (CH, Feb'80). His unique contribution is his attempt to analyze AA philosophy and practice against current scientific research on the etiology and treatment of alcoholism... [T]his is a unique contribution to the small body of literature that analyzes the AA movement in a serious, comprehensive manner. It is useful for any historical collection. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Graduate students, faculty, and professionals. --D. L. Loers, Choice This Strange Illness , by Jared C. Lobdell, provides a wide-ranging review of a variety of topics related to our understanding of alcoholism. --Addiction Lobdell writes an original account of the history and paradigm of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), probably the second most complete account of AA since Ernest Kurtz's Not God: A History of Alcoholics Anonymous (CH, Feb'80). His unique contribution is his attempt to analyze AA philosophy and practice against current scientific research on the etiology and treatment of alcoholism... [T]his is a unique contribution to the small body of literature that analyzes the AA movement in a serious, comprehensive manner. It is useful for any historical collection. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Graduate students, faculty, and professionals. --D. L. Loers, Choice This Strange Illness , by Jared C. Lobdell, provides a wide-ranging review of a variety of topics related to our understanding of alcoholism. --Addiction

Book Information

ISBN: 9780202307381
Publication date: 30th June 2004
Author: Jared C. Lobdell
Publisher: AldineTransaction an imprint of Taylor & Francis Inc
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 403 pages
Categories: Illness & addiction: social aspects,

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