A Lancet Letter

SYNOPSIS OF LETTER FROM Dr MAX GLATT TO THE LANCET 25TH JANUARY 1975


In this letter he pointed out that Doctors who present themselves for adequate treatment, often do very well.
He welcomed the formation of the British Doctors and Dentists Group and felt that it was a promising step in helping the alcoholic doctor.
He stated that "Not unexpectedly, some alcoholic doctors find it easier to attend these meetings initially, rather than attending ordinary Alcoholics Anonymous meetings."
He continued "Some doctors travel very long distances to attend, in the knowledge that all those present will be professional men and women who have had, or still have, to face similar problems. There is thus no fear of others sitting in judgement or talking down to the newcomer. He or she may expect to receive helpful advice and support from colleagues who, because of their own experience, are in full empathy."
This group is quite independent of and is not in competition with, or a substitute for AA. However, the doctors who started the Group continue to attend AA and encourage others to join it.