A Quote by William D. Silkworth, M.D. on alcoholics anonymous, the big book, recovery, and twelve steps

  "If any feel that as psychiatrists directing a hospital for alcoholics we appear somewhat sentimental, let them stand with us a while on the firing line, see the tragedies, the despairing wives, the little children; let the solving of these problems become a part of their daily work, and even of their sleeping moments, and the most cynical will not wonder that we have accepted and encouraged this movement.  We feel, after years of experience, that we have found nothing which has contributed more to the rehabilitation of these men than the altruistic movement now growing up among them." __William D Silkworth, M.D., 

William Silkworth

Source: c.1939, AAWS, Alcoholics Anonymous, 3rd Edition, "The Doctor's Opinion", p.xxvi

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