This is the second video for the chapter “The Doctor’s Opinion” of the Alcoholics Anonymous – AA Big Book – 1st Step.
This video introduces Doctor Silkworth.
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If you prefer to read rather than watch the video, here is the transcript:
A BRIEF BACKGROUND ON DOCTOR SILKWOTH
As a young intern at Bellevue Hospital in the year 1900 Doctor Silkworth found he was especially drawn to alcoholics, and that alcoholics were drawn to him.
Over the following decades his personal modesty, disarming gentleness and his profound understanding of the disease helped him secure the trust of his alcoholic patients; a vital component needed when working with alcoholics.
In the early 1930s his decades of tireless hard work finally paved the way for a new era that fused medical AND spiritual healing.
While working with a patient named Bill Wilson at Towns Hospital in New York City they became aware of and began to apply a practical, workable spiritual solution to alcoholism.
Centuries of a world without an answer to alcoholism ended when the blueprint for a spiritual experience or spiritual awakening was discovered and applied simultaneously in New York City and Akron Ohio.
By the time Doctor Silkworth wrote his two letter included in the doctors opinion he had 38 years’ experience working with alcoholics and by this time he had worked with over 40,000 alcoholics.
Please now open your book to The Doctor’s Opinion.
Let’s look at the title of the chapter; The Doctor’s Opinion
The dictionary definition for a MEDICAL opinion is:
“A judgment based on special knowledge and given by an expert: a medical opinion.”
So – when Doctor Silkworth wrote the two letters for this chapter he was providing his professional medical opinion. His medical opinion was not the same as my opinion or your opinion on alcoholism — it was the opinion of a medical doctor … a doctor with (at that time) 38 years’ experience working with alcoholics.
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