The Biology of Alcoholism

Volume 6: The Pathogenesis of Alcoholism Psychosocial Factors

  • Benjamin Kissin
  • Henri Begleiter

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxviii
  2. Robert Straus
    Pages 1-16
  3. John R. Taylor, John E. Helzer
    Pages 17-65
  4. Joel Solomon
    Pages 67-112
  5. Arnold M. Ludwig
    Pages 197-214
  6. Marc A. Schuckit, Jane Duby
    Pages 215-241
  7. Peter Steinglass, Anne Robertson
    Pages 243-307
  8. William C. McCready, Andrew M. Greeley, Gary Thiesen
    Pages 309-340
  9. Richard Stivers
    Pages 341-364
  10. Peter Park
    Pages 365-404
  11. Paul C. Whitehead, Jan Simpkins
    Pages 405-496
  12. Ulrich Golüke, Robert Landeen, Dennis Meadows
    Pages 605-675
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 677-695

About this book


Pathogenesis is defined in Blakiston's Medical Dictional), as "the course of development of disease, including the sequence of processes or events from inception to the characteristic lesion or disease. " The central position of the word "pathogenesis" in the titles of Volumes 6 and 7 in itself connotes a bias on the part of the editors in favor of the disease concept of alcoholism, inasmuch as the end product of the pathogenetic process is presumed to be a disease. But the disease model as here conceptualized is vastly different from that of Jellinek, or of Alcoholics Anonymous, or of psychoanalysis. In those theories, alcoholism is seen as the inevitable consequence of some specific flaw in the heredity or the experience of the afflicted individual that inexorably leads to alcoholism. In these present volumes, the alcoholic syndrome is viewed rather as the outgrowth of the interaction of a variety of biological, psychological, and social influences which, depending on the predom­ inance of one or another, may lead to different types of alcoholism. This view, which has been labeled the bio-psycho-social perspective, encompasses a larger view of the dynamics of the development of alcoholism, incorporating data from each of the phenomenologic levels involved. An additional complication arises from the fact that the physiolog­ ical and psychosocial stigmata of alcoholics, which are probably most often the result of prolonged drinking, frequently have come to be considered as causes of the disease.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Benjamin Kissin
    • 1
  • Henri Begleiter
    • 1
  1. 1.Downstate Medical CenterBrooklynUSA

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