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who was a severe alchol, except that when Paul was hospitalized he was given large doses of vitamin B, which certainly were a help in bringing him out of his poor nutritional state. Alcoholics Anonymous was unheard of at this time, and I believe actually the small group that organized it was just about beginning at this time, but was unknown to me or my friends.

Q:

And the drug which is now used, antabuse, was not known then.

Lasker:

Yes. And, of course, there are still no snappy ways to prevent people from becoming alcoholics, but there's more general understanding of the fact that it's an illness, not just a perverse human trait.

Q:

And psychiatry has certainly shed a great deal of light.

Lasker:

Yes, psychiatry has, and it's become an interest of psychiatrists.

Q:

You say at that point you were interested in Sigmund Freud. Had you continued your readings in that area?

Lasker:

Well, yes, I've always been interested in Freud and have read not everything he's written by any means, but I've read quite a lot in the field, and I think he's one of the greatest men who lived in the last 100 years certainly and maybe in the last 500.



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