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In several surveys of the medical and surgical wards of large urban hospitals, about 35% of male and 15% of female patients had alcoholism as their secondary diagnosis, or would have if the diagnosis had been made. Because only 5% to 10% of the adult population is thought to be alcoholic, it is evident that the medical morbidity and mortality associated with that syndrome are very high. Almost every one of these patients was hospitalized not for alcoholism but for associated medical complications. Consequently, this book deals with a group of disorders that falls directly within the domain of internists.
Medical Disorders of Alcoholism: Pathogenesis and Treatment.. Ann Intern Med. ;98:428. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-98-3-428_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1983;98(3):428.
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