SSA Proceedings

The Society for the Study of Addiction started publishing its Proceedings in 1884. With various changes of name these have transformed into the journal now called Addiction. The very first volume begins with an inaugural address by Dr Norman Kerr on the nature of 'inebriety' a term which has given way to 'addiction'. He calls it "a diseased state of the brain and nervous centres characterised by an irresistible impulse to indulge in intoxicating liquors or other narcotics for the relief which these afford at any peril. This ungovernable, uncontrollable, overpowering impulse may hurry on the diseased dipsomaniac to his destruction even when he has no relish for the toxic agent but on the contrary loathes and detests it".

While some may baulk at the term 'disease', use of terms such as 'uncontrollable' and the focus on alcohol and narcotics, it is remarkable how the essence of this definition has stood the test of time and how well it still captures the behaviour and phenomenology of the problem. The early Society Proceedings have now been digitised from library holdings at the Royal Society of Medicine in London and are freely available to members. I very much hope that members of the society will be inclined to dip into this wonderful resource and not be too discouraged when they realise that many of the ideas that we think of as inventions of our generation are not as novel as we thought.

Professor Robert West
Editor-in-Chief 'Addiction'
April 2006


The Proceedings

Full tables of contents for the Proceedings of the Society for the Study and Cure of Inebriety can be found here. Links will be added shortly.

The Proceedings are reproduced by kind permission of the Royal Society of Medicine.

 

Volume 01 July 1884
  Cover 1, Inside cover, Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, Page 4, Page 5, Page 6, Page 7, Page 8, Page 9, Page 10, Page 11, Page 12, Page 13, Page 14, Page 15, Page 16, Page 17, Page 18, Page 19, Page 20, Page 21, Page 22, Page 23, Page 24, Page 25, Page 26, Page 27, Page 28, Page 29, Page 30, Page 31, Page 32, Page 33, Page 34, Page 35, Page 36, Page 37, Page 38, Page 39, Page 40, Page 41, Page 42, Page 43, Page 44, Page 45, Page 46, Page 47, Page 48, Page 49, Page 50, Page 51, Page 52, Back cover

Volume 02 October 1884
   

Volume 03 January 1885
  Front Cover, Page 1, Page2, Page 3, Page 4, Page 5, Page 6, Page 7, Page 8, Page 9, Page 10, Page 11, Page 12, Page 13, Page 14, Page 15, Page 16

Volume 04 April 1885
  Front Cover, Front Cover 2, Page 1, Page2, Page 3, Page 4, Page 5, Page 6, Page 7, Page 8, Page 9, Page 10, Page 11, Page 12, Page 13, Page 14, Page 15, Page 16, Back

Volume 05 June 1885
  Front Cover, Front Cover 2, Page 1, Page2, Page 3, Page 4, Page 5, Page 6, Page 7, Page 8, Page 9, Page 10, Page 11, Page 12, Page 13, Page 14, Page 15, Back

Volume 06 November 1885
  Front Cover, Front Cover 2, Page 1, Page2, Page 3, Page 4, Page 5, Page 6, Page 7, Page 8, Page 9, Page 10, Page 11, Page 12, Page 13, Page 14, Page 15, Page 16, Back

Volume 07 February 1886
  Front Cover, Front Cover 2, Page 1, Page2, Page 3, Page 4, Page 5, Page 6, Page 7, Page 8, Page 9, Page 10, Page 11, Page 12, Page 13, Page 14, Page 15, Page 16, Page 17, Back 1, Back 2

Volume 08 May 1886
  Front Cover, Page 1, Page2, Page 3, Page 4, Page 5, Page 6, Page 7, Page 8, Page 9, Page 10, Page 11, Page 12, Page 13, Page 14, Page 15, Back 1, Back 2

Volume 09 June 1886
  Front Cover, Page 1, Page2, Page 3, Page 4, Page 5, Page 6, Page 7, Page 8, Page 9, Page 10, Page 11, Page 12, Page 13, Page 14, Page 15, Page 16, Back

Volume 10 November 1886
  Front Cover, Page 1, Page2, Page 3, Page 4, Page 5, Page 6, Page 7, Page 8, Page 9, Page 10, Page 11, Page 12, Page 13, Page 14, Page 15, Back

Volume 11 February 1887
  Front Cover, Front Cover 2, Page 1, Page2, Page 3, Page 4, Page 5, Page 6, Page 7, Page 8, Page 9, Page 10, Page 11, Page 12, Page 13, Page 14, Page 15, Page 16, Back 1, Back 2

Volume 12 May 1887
  Front Cover, Front Cover 2, Page 1, Page2, Page 3, Page 4, Page 5, Page 6, Page 7, Page 8, Page 9, Page 10, Page 11, Page 12, Page 13, Page 14, Page 15, Back 1, Back 2

Volume 13 August 1887
  Cover 1, Inside cover, Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, Page 4, Page 5, Page 6, Page 7, Page 8, Page 9, Page 10, Page 11, Page 12, Page 13, Page 14, Page 15, Page 16, Page 17, Page 18, Page 19, Page 20, Page 21, Page 22, Page 23, Page 24, Page 25, Page 26, Page 27, Page 28, Page 29, Page 30, Page 31, Page 32, Page 33, Page 34, Page 35, Page 36, Page 37, Page 38, Back cover, Back cover 2

Volume 14 November 1887
  Front Cover, Front Cover 2, Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, Page 4, Page 5, Page 6, Page 7, Page 8, Page 9, Page 10, Page 11, Page 12, Page 13, Page 14, Page 15, Page 16, Back cover 1, Back cover 2

Volume 15 November 1887
  Front Cover, Front Cover 2, Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, Page 4, Page 5, Page 6, Page 7, Page 8, Page 9, Page 10, Page 11, Page 12, Page 13, Page 14, Page 15, Page 16, Page 17, Page 18, Page 19, Page 20, Page 21, Page 22, Page 23, Page 24, Back cover 1

Volume 16 April 1888
  Front Cover, Front Cover 2, Page 1, Page2, Page 3, Page 4, Page 5, Page 6, Page 7, Page 8, Page 9, Page 10, Page 11, Page 12, Page 13, Page 14, Page 15, Page 16, Back 1, Back 2

Volume 17 August 1888
  Front Cover 1, Front Cover 2, Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, Page 4, Page 5, Page 6, Page 7, Page 8, Page 9, Page 10, Page 11, Page 12, Page 13, Page 14, Page 15, Page 16, Back Cover 1, Back Cover 2

Volume 18 November 1888
  Front Cover 1, Front Cover 2, Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, Page 4, Page 5, Page 6, Page 7, Page 8, Page 9, Page 10, Page 11, Page 12, Page 13, Page 14, Page 15, Page 16, Back Cover 1, Back Cover 2

Volume 19 February 1889
  Front Cover 1, Front Cover 2, Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, Page 4, Page 5, Page 6, Page 7, Page 8, Page 9, Page 10, Page 11, Page 12, Page 13, Page 14, Page 15, Page 16, Back Cover 1, Back Cover 2

Volume 20 May 1889
  Front Cover 1, Front Cover 2, Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, Page 4, Page 5, Page 6, Page 7, Page 8, Page 9, Page 10, Page 11, Page 12, Page 13, Page 14, Page 15, Page 16, Back Cover 1, Back Cover 2

Volume 21 July 1889
  Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, Page 4, Page 5, Page 6, Page 7, Page 8, Page 9, Page 10, Page 11, Page 12, Page 13, Page 14, Page 15, Page 16

Volume 22 October 1889
  Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, Page 4, Page 5, Page 6, Page 7, Page 8, Page 9, Page 10, Page 11, Page 12, Page 13, Page 14, Page 15, Page 16

Volume 26 November 1890
  Front Cover 1, Front Cover 2, Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, Page 4, Page 5, Page 6, Page 7, Page 8, Page 9, Page 10, Page 11, Page 12, Page 13, Page 14, Page 15, Page 16, Page 17, Page 18, Page 19, Page 20, Page 21, Page 22, Page 23, Page 24, Back Cover 1, Back Cover 2

Volume 27 February 1891
  Front Cover 1, Front Cover 2, Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, Page 4, Page 5, Page 6, Page 7, Page 8, Page 9, Page 10, Page 11, Page 12, Page 13, Page 14, Page 15, Page 16, Back Cover 1, Back Cover 2

Volume 28 May 1891
  Front Cover 1, Front Cover 2, Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, Page 4, Page 5, Page 6, Page 7, Page 8, Page 9, Page 10, Page 11, Page 12, Page 13, Page 14, Page 15, Page 16, Page 17, Page 18, Page 19, Page 20, Page 21, Page 22, Page 23, Page 24, Page 25, Page 26, Page 27, Page 28, Page 29, Page 30, Back Cover 1, Back Cover 2

Volume 29 August 1891
  Front Cover 1, Front Cover 2, Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, Page 4, Page 5, Page 6, Page 7, Page 8, Page 9, Page 10, Page 11, Page 12, Page 13, Page 14, Page 15, Page 16, Back Cover 1, Back Cover 2

Volume 30 November 1891
  Front Cover 1, Front Cover 2, Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, Page 4, Page 5, Page 6, Page 7, Page 8, Page 9, Page 10, Page 11, Page 12, Page 13, Page 14, Page 15, Page 16, Back Cover 1, Back Cover 2

Volume 31 March 1892
  Front Cover 1, Front Cover 2, Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, Page 4, Page 5, Page 6, Page 7, Page 8, Page 9, Page 10, Page 11, Page 12, Page 13, Page 14, Page 15, Page 16, Back Cover 1, Back Cover 2

Volume 32 May 1892
  Front Cover 1, Front Cover 2, Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, Page 4, Page 5, Page 6, Page 7, Page 8, Page 9, Page 10, Page 11, Page 12, Page 13, Page 14, Page 15, Page 16, Back Cover 1, Back Cover 2

Volume 33 August 1892
  Front Cover 1, Front Cover 2, Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, Page 4, Page 5, Page 6, Page 7, Page 8, Page 9, Page 10, Page 11, Page 12, Page 13, Page 14, Page 15, Page 16, Back Cover 1, Back Cover 2

Volume 34 October 1892
  Front Cover 1, Front Cover 2, Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, Page 4, Page 5, Page 6, Page 7, Page 8, Page 9, Page 10, Page 11, Page 12, Page 13, Page 14, Page 15, Page 16, Back Cover 1, Back Cover 2

Volume 35 February 1893
  Front Cover 1, Front Cover 2, Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, Page 4, Page 5, Page 6, Page 7, Page 8, Page 9, Page 10, Page 11, Page 12, Page 13, Page 14, Page 15, Page 16, Back Cover 1, Back Cover 2

Volume 36 May 1893
  Front Cover, Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, Page 4, Page 5, Page 6, Page 7, Page 8, Page 9, Page 10, Page 11, Page 12, Page 13, Page 14, Page 15, Page 16, Page 17, Page 18, Page 19, Page 20, Page 21, Page 22, Page 23, Page 24, Back Cover

Volume 37 August 1893
  Front Cover 1, Front Cover 2, Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, Page 4, Page 5, Page 6, Page 7, Page 8, Page 9, Page 10, Page 11, Page 12, Page 13, Page 14, Page 15, Page 16, Back Cover 1, Back Cover 2

Volume 38 November 1893
  Front Cover 1, Front Cover 2, Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, Page 4, Page 5, Page 6, Page 7, Page 8, Page 9, Page 10, Page 11, Page 12, Page 13, Page 14, Page 15, Page 16, Back Cover 1, Back Cover 2

Volume 39 February 1894
  Front Cover 1, Front Cover 2, Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, Page 4, Page 5, Page 6, Page 7, Page 8, Page 9, Page 10, Page 11, Page 12, Page 13, Page 14, Page 15, Page 16, Back Cover 1, Back Cover 2

Volume 40 May 1894
  Front Cover 1, Front Cover 2, Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, Page 4, Page 5, Page 6, Page 7, Page 8, Page 9, Page 10, Page 11, Page 12, Page 13, Page 14, Page 15, Page 16, Page 17, Page 18, Page 19, Page 20, Page 21, Page 22, Page 23, Page 24, Back Cover 1, Back Cover 2

Volume 41 August 1894
  Front Cover 1, Front Cover 2, Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, Page 4, Page 5, Page 6, Page 7, Page 8, Page 9, Page 10, Page 11, Page 12, Page 13, Page 14, Page 15, Page 16, Back Cover 1, Back Cover 2

Volume 42 November 1894
  Front Cover 1, Front Cover 2, Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, Page 4, Page 5, Page 6, Page 7, Page 8, Page 9, Page 10, Page 11, Page 12, Page 13, Page 14, Page 15, Page 16

Volume 43 February 1895
  Front Cover 1, Front Cover 2, Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, Page 4, Page 5, Page 6, Page 7, Page 8, Page 9, Page 10, Page 11, Page 12, Page 13, Page 14, Page 15, Page 16

Volume 44 May 1895
  Front Cover 1, Front Cover 2, Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, Page 4, Page 5, Page 6, Page 7, Page 8, Page 9, Page 10, Page 11, Page 12, Page 13, Page 14, Page 15, Page 16, Back Cover 1, Back Cover 2

Volume 45 July 1895
  Front Cover 1, Front Cover 2, Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, Page 4, Page 5, Page 6, Page 7, Page 8, Page 9, Page 10, Page 11, Page 12, Page 13, Page 14, Back Cover 1, Back Cover 2

Volume 46 October 1895
  Front Cover 1, Front Cover 2, Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, Page 4, Page 5, Page 6, Page 7, Page 8, Page 9, Page 10, Page 11, Page 12, Page 13, Page 14, Page 15, Page 16, Back Cover 1, Back Cover 2

Volume 47 January 1896
  Front Cover 1, Front Cover 2, Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, Page 4, Page 5, Page 6, Page 7, Page 8, Page 9, Page 10, Page 11, Page 12, Page 13, Page 14, Page 15, Page 16, Back Cover 1, Back Cover 2

Volume 48 April 1896
  Front Cover 1, Front Cover 2, Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, Page 4, Page 5, Page 6, Page 7, Page 8, Page 9, Page 10, Page 11, Page 12, Page 13, Page 14, Page 15, Page 16, Back Cover 1, Back Cover 2

Volume 49 August 1896
  Front Cover 1, Front Cover 2, Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, Page 4, Page 5, Page 6, Page 7, Page 8, Page 9, Page 10, Page 11, Page 12, Page 13, Page 14, Page 15, Page 16, Back Cover 1, Back Cover 2

Volume 50 November 1896
  Front Cover 1, Front Cover 2, Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, Page 4, Page 5, Page 6, Page 7, Page 8, Page 9, Page 10, Page 11, Page 12, Page 13, Page 14, Page 15, Page 16, Back Cover 1, Back Cover 2

Volume 51 February 1897
  Front Cover 1, Front Cover 2, Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, Page 4, Page 5, Page 6, Page 7, Page 8, Page 9, Page 10, Page 11, Page 12, Page 13, Page 14, Page 15, Page 16, Back Cover 1, Back Cover 2

Volume 52 May 1897
  Front Cover 1, Front Cover 2, Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, Page 4, Page 5, Page 6, Page 7, Page 8, Page 9, Page 10, Page 11, Page 12, Page 13, Page 14, Page 15, Page 16, Back Cover 1, Back Cover 2

Volume 53 August 1897
  Front Cover 1, Front Cover 2, Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, Page 4, Page 5, Page 6, Page 7, Page 8, Page 9, Page 10, Page 11, Page 12, Page 13, Page 14, Page 15, Page 16, Back Cover 1, Back Cover 2

Volume 54 November 1897
  Front Cover 1, Front Cover 2, Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, Page 4, Page 5, Page 6, Page 7, Page 8, Page 9, Page 10, Page 11, Page 12, Page 13, Page 14, Page 15, Page 16, Back Cover 1, Back Cover 2

Volume 55 February 1898
  Front Cover 1, Front Cover 2, Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, Page 4, Page 5, Page 6, Page 7, Page 8, Page 9, Page 10, Page 11, Page 12, Page 13, Page 14, Page 15, Page 16, Back Cover 1, Back Cover 2

Volume 56 May 1898
  Front Cover 1, Front Cover 2, Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, Page 4, Page 5, Page 6, Page 7, Page 8, Page 9, Page 10, Page 11, Page 12, Page 13, Page 14, Page 15, Page 16, Back Cover 1, Back Cover 2

Volume 57 August 1898
  Front Cover 1, Front Cover 2, Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, Page 4, Page 5, Page 6, Page 7, Page 8, Page 9, Page 10, Page 11, Page 12, Page 13, Page 14, Page 15, Page 16, Back Cover 1, Back Cover 2

Volume 58 November 1898
  Front Cover 1, Front Cover 2, Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, Page 4, Page 5, Page 6, Page 7, Page 8, Page 9, Page 10, Page 11, Page 12, Page 13, Page 14, Page 15, Page 16, Back Cover 1, Back Cover 2

Volume 59 February 1899
  Front Cover 1, Front Cover 2, Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, Page 4, Page 5, Page 6, Page 7, Page 8, Page 9, Page 10, Page 11, Page 12, Page 13, Page 14, Page 15, Page 16, Back Cover 1, Back Cover 2

Volume 60 June 1899
  Front Cover 1, Front Cover 2, Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, Page 4, Page 5, Page 6, Page 7, Page 8, Page 9, Page 10, Page 11, Page 12, Page 13, Page 14, Page 15, Page 16, Back Cover 1, Back Cover 2

Volume 61 September 1899
  Front Cover 1, Front Cover 2, Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, Page 4, Page 5, Page 6, Page 7, Page 8, Page 9, Page 10, Page 11, Page 12, Page 13, Page 14, Page 15, Page 16, Back Cover 1, Back Cover 2

Volume 62 November 1899
  Front Cover 1, Front Cover 2, Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, Page 4, Page 5, Page 6, Page 7, Page 8, Page 9, Page 10, Page 11, Page 12, Page 13, Page 14, Page 15, Page 16, Back Cover 1, Back Cover 2

Volume 63 February 1900
  Front Cover 1, Front Cover 2, Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, Page 4, Page 5, Page 6, Page 7, Page 8, Page 9, Page 10, Page 11, Page 12, Page 13, Page 14, Page 15, Page 16, Back Cover 1, Back Cover 2

Volume 64 June 1900
  Front Cover 1, Front Cover 2, Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, Page 4, Page 5, Page 6, Page 7, Page 8, Page 9, Page 10, Page 11, Page 12, Page 13, Page 14, Page 15, Page 16, Back Cover 1, Back Cover 2

Volume 65 September 1900
  Front Cover 1, Front Cover 2, Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, Page 4, Page 5, Page 6, Page 7, Page 8, Page 9, Page 10, Page 11, Page 12, Page 13, Page 14, Page 15, Page 16, Back Cover 1, Back Cover 2

Volume 66 December 1900
  Front Cover 1, Front Cover 2, Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, Page 4, Page 5, Page 6, Page 7, Page 8, Page 9, Page 10, Page 11, Page 12, Page 13, Page 14, Page 15, Page 16, Back Cover 1, Back Cover 2

Volume 67 February 1901
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