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The History of Alcoholics Anonymous

Historical writings, documents, letters, events, people, places and references through-out the history of A.A.


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New line The Doctor's Opinion -A letter from Dr. Silkworth to Alcoholics Anonymous. This letter is also in the the beginning of the Big Book.

New line Dr. Silkworth's letter "To whom it may concern" -This is a photocopy of his original letter dated July 27, 1938.

New line Alcoholism as a Manifestation of Allergy -"It is our purpose to show that there is a type of alcoholism characterized by a definite symptomatology and a fixed diagnosis indicative of a constant and specific pathology; in short, that true alcoholism is a manifestation of allergy." -March 17, 1937
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New line Reclamation of the Alcoholic -"To such patients we recommend “moral psychology,” and in those of our patients who have joined or initiated such groups the change has been spectacular." -April 21, 1937
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New line A New Approach to Psychotherapy in Chronic Alcoholism -"One powerful factor is that of self-preservation. These ex-alcoholics frequently find that unless they spend time helping others to health they cannot stay sober themselves." -July, 1939
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New line Psychological Rehabilitation of Alcoholics -This is an expanded letter from Silky, parts of which can be found in the Big Book pages xxiii to xxx titled "The Doctor's Opinion". -July 19, 1939
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New line A Highly Successful Approach To The Alcoholic Problem -Confirmed in Medical and Sociological Results -Medical Record, Vol. 154, New York -August 1941
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New line Dr. Silkworth’s Rx for Sobriety -Anyone who tried to impress a drinking alcoholic with the approach, “You can’t have your cake and eat it, too,” would probably draw a scornful, “So what! Who wants any cake? Tony, make it a double this time.” -June, 1945
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New line The Prevention of Alcoholism -A Challenge to the Catholic Clergy. The "Blue Book" -National Clergy Conference on Alcoholism, 1960. -N.Y., N.Y., City Rensselaer, 1950
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New line The Little Doctor Who Loved Drunks -Dr. William Duncan Silkworth, M.D. -from which this web site, silkworth.info, gets its name. -May, 1951
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New line Slips and Human Nature -"The mystery of slips is not so deep as it may appear. While it does seem odd that an alcoholic, who has restored himself to a dignified place among his fellowmen and continues dry for years, should suddenly throw all his happiness overboard and find himself again in mortal peril of drowning in liquor, often the reason is simple."
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New line Dr. Silkworth on Jesus Christ -Written by Dick B., renowned author of many books on Alcoholics Anonymous history and its biblical roots.

New line A.A., Dr. Silkworth, and the “Great Physician”
Written by Dick B., renowned author of many books on Alcoholics Anonymous history and its biblical roots.

New line WILLIAM DUNCAN SILKWORTH, MD (1873-1951) -Researched/written for: The Round Table of AA History by Mike O., of The Just Do It Big Book Study Group of Alcoholics Anonymous, DeBary, Florida. Updated/revised: 1999, 2000, and 2001.

New line Dr. William Duncan Silkworth -1873 to 1951 -April 1951


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