CME INDIA Presentation by ⚜ Dr. M. Gowri Sankar, MD, Senior Assistant Professor, Dept. of General Medicine, Government Medical College and ESI Hospital, Coimbatore.
Today’s History Feature:
Dr. Olivier Ameisen
(Jun 25, 1953 – Jul 18, 2013)
🔸Ameisen studied medicine at the University of Paris Descartes and graduated in 1969. Then he got appointed as a Professor of Medicine at Weill Medical College of Cornell University, New York.
🔸Despite developing his professional practice, his alcohol habit turned him into a binge drinker.
🔸However, Dr. Ameisen tried to recover by trying anti-craving drugs, antidepressants, cognitive behavioural therapy, hypnosis, yoga, and alcoholics anonymous.
🔸Still he failed to overcome his addiction. Thus, he lost the best 5 years of his life in treatment.
🔸Suddenly, he came across a New York Times pieceabout a Paraplegic with cocaine addiction whoexperienced decreased craving while taking baclofen for muscle spasm.
🔸Dr. Ameisen then turned to baclofen, he started studying and investigated himself through intake and titrated the dose.
🔸He successfully overcame his addiction and declared that Baclofen was a unique substance capable of suppressing the motivation to consume alcohol.
🔸Consequently, he penned his experiment as self-case report and submitted to Journal Alcohol and Alcoholism published by Oxford University press in 2004 and later published in JAMA, Lancet, CNS drugs etc.
🔸In 2008, he wrote the best seller book The End of My Addiction, describing his experience of curing his alcoholism with baclofen.
🔸Dr. Ameisen made a ground-breaking discovery in an old drug and paved a new path to Set Free from Addiction.
A Day to Commemorate…
The Apostle of Baclofen
Dr. Olivier Ameisen 🙏
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