After the first session of what would become an annual Summer School of Alcohol Studies in 1943, there was a strong demand for written copies of the lectures that had been delivered, but only a condensed version of some of the lectures could be made available.
The following summer, all of the lectures were recorded, and all but four were edited and compiled into Alcohol, Science and Society.
Representing a variety of disciplines—from biochemistry and psychology to sociology and law—that together constituted the nascent science of alcohol, the 29 lectures were reprinted for the next ten years and served as educational materials in college courses and other institues devoted to examining the problems of alcoholism.
[In 1982, Alcohol, Science and Society Revisited was published by the Rutgers Center of Alcohol Studies with the express intention of updating the state of knowledge of alcohol studies.]
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