SSA History

Visitors to this site who wish to find out more about the Society should refer to the British Journal of Addiction Special Issue [Volume 85, Number 8, August 1990].

This issue is entitled "The Society for the Study of Addiction 1884-1988" and was written by Virginia Berridge, an historian at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. The editorial can be found here.

Table 1. Presidents of the Society

1884 - 1899

  Norman Kerr
1899 - 1902   Wynn Westcott
1902 - 1908   Harry Campbell
1908 - 1910   Thomas Claye Shaw
1910 - 1912   Theodore Bulkeley Hyslop
1912 - 1916   Mary Scharlieb
1916 - 1919   Sir William Collins
1919 - 1922   Sir Alfred Pearce Gould
1922 - 1924   Charles J. Bond

1924 - 1927

  William Willcox
1927 - 1929   Sir Arthur Newsholme
1929 - 1931   McAdam Eccles
1931 - 1933   Lady Barrett
1933 - 1935   Sir Humphrey Rolleston
1935 - 1937   William Brown
1937 - 1939   Arthur Evans
1939/40 - 1945   W. Norwood East
1945 - 1947   H. J. Norman
1947 - 1949   J. B. Atkins
1949 - 1951   F. L. Golla
1951 - 1953   G. W. Smith
1953 - 1955   H. K. V. Soltau
1955 - 1958   W. R. Bett
1958 - 1966   A. D. MacDonald
1966 - 1972   Francis Camps
1972 - 1976   Phillip Connell
1976 - 1982   D. L. Davies
1982 - 1992   Malcolm Lader
1992 - 1996   Ray Hodgson
1996 - 2002   Christine Godfrey
2002 - 2002   Robert E Kendell
2003 - 2011   Gillian Tober
2011   Eilish Gilvarry

 

Table 2. Editors of the Society's Proceedings/journal.
1884-1899   Norman Kerr
1900-1903   E. T. Aydon Smith/Heywood Smith
1902-1903   Heywood Smith
1903-1941   T. Kelynack
1941-1961   J. Y. Dent
1961-1978   Max Glatt
1978-2005   Griffith Edwards
2005-present   Robert West

 

Table 3. Secretaries of the Society
1885  

W. M. Shurrock

1885   C. H. Bishop
1891   T. A. Clifford
1892-1903   E. T. Aydon Smith, J. J. Smith, (Assistant Secretary)
1901-1903   Heywood Smith
1903-1938   T. Kelynack
1939-1949   E. Stanley Lee (1944-7 J.Y. Dent in practice)
1949-1955   H. Pullar-Strecker
1955-1958   J. Y. Dent
1958-1962  

Ellis Stungo & W. R. Bett, (Programme Secretary 1959/60)

1962-1965   Rev. Benson Harrison, Honorary Secretary and Treasurer. (Miss Keys took the minutes 1962-7) Ellis Stungo, Honorary Medical Secretary.
1965-1966   D. Parr and C. Wilson
1966-1968   A. Linken and C. Wilson
1968-1972   Thomas Bewley
1972-1979   N. Rathod; J. H. Willis deputy,
1977   Judy Bailey, 1975 Patrick Mullin deputy.
1979-1980   Robin Murray
1980-1982   Betsy Ettorre; Hamid Ghodse Programme Secretary.
1982-19xx   Hamid Ghodse
19xx - 19xx   Andrew Johns
199xx - 2003   Gillian Tober

 

Table 4. Treasurers of the Society
1884-1900  

C. R. Drysdale

1900-1901  

Harry Campbell G. K. Poole

1905/6-1911   G. Basil Price
1911-1920   E. Claude Taylor
1920-1922   Arthur Evans
1922-1924   Eric Pearce Gould
1924   Eleanor Lowry
1925   Louisa Martindale
1929-1938   Frank W. Willway
1938-1949  

E. Stanley Lee (1944-7 J. Y. Dent in practice)

1949-1955   H. Pullar-Stecker
1955-1957   T. C. Black
1957-1963  

Ellis Stungo

1963-1965   Rev. Benson Harrison
1965-1972   Miss E. M. Keys
1972-1973   Thomas Bewley, Miss Keys
1973   Dr Lucas
1974 -1976   N. Rathod
1976 -1981   Patrick Mullin
1981 -1986   Howard Rankin
1986 -1992   Timothy Kidger
1992 - 1998   Martin Jarvis
1998 - 2007   Michael Farrell
 2007 - 2011   John Strang
2011 - present   Catriona Matheson

 

Table 5. Official Society Lectures 1905-1988

1905 T. D. CROTHFRS, (1906) British Journal of Inebriety, 3, pp. 105-126.
1908 R. W. BRANTHWAITE, (1908) Inebriety: its causation and control, British Journal of Inebriety, 5, pp, 105-145.
1909 TAAV LAITINEN, (I 909) The influence of alcohol on immunity, British Journal of Inebriety, 7, pp. 61-106.
1911 G. SIMS WOODHEAD, (I 912) The action of alcohol on body temperature and the heart, British Journal of Inebriety, 9, pp. 1109-1132.
1913 Sir THOMAS CLOUSTON, (1914) Some of the psychological and clinical aspects of alcohol, British Journal of Inebriety, II, pp. 105-131.
1915 Sir WILLIAM COLLINS, (1916) The ethics and law of drug and alcohol addiction, British Journal of Inebriety, 13, pp. 131-154.
1917 McAdam ECCLES, (1918) War and alcohol, British Journal of Inebriety, 15, pp. 89-105.
1919 MARY ScHARLiEB, (1920) The relation ofalcohol and alcoholism to maternity and childwelfare, British Journal of lnebriety, 17, pp. 91-139.
1921 Sir ARTHUR NEWSHOLME, (I 921-22) Some international aspects of alcoholism with special reference to prohibition in America, British Journal of Inebriety, 19, pp. 93-113.
1923 WILLIAM WILCOX, (1924) Drug addiction, British Journal of lnebriety, 21, pp. 75-97.
1925 R. HERCOD, (1926) Alcoholism as an international problem, British Journal of Inebriety, 23, pp. 107-126.
1927 W. E. DIXON, (1928) The tobacco habit, British Journal of lnebriety, 25, pp. 99-121.
1929 Sir Joshua Stamp, (1930) Alcohol as an economic factor, British Journal oflnebriety, 27, pp. 129-166. 14th
1931 VISCOUNT BRENTFORD, (1932) How the alcohol question concerns the duties of the Home Office, British Journal of lnebriety, 29, pp. 107-133.
1934 MALCOLM DELFVINGNE, (I 935) Some international aspects of the problem of drug addiction, British Journal of lnebiiety, 32, pp. 125-151.
1936 D. K. HENDERSON, (1937) Alcoholism and psychiatry, British Journal of lnebriety, 34, pp. 99-123.
1938 E. MAPOTHER, (I 938-39) The physical basis of alcoholic mental disorder, British Journal of Inebriety, 36, pp. 103-132.
1940 Sir ARTHUR HURST, (1941) The influence of alcohol on the organs of digestion, British Journal of Inebriety, 38, pp. 102-1 1 1.
1942 Postponed because of the war.
1943 A. NINIAN BRUCE, (1944) Alcohol and avitaminosis, British Journal off Inebriety, 41, pp. 49-69.
1947 F. L. GOLLA, (1948) Auto-regulation of chemical equilibrium, British Journal of addiction, 45, pp. 3-14.
1949 P. 0. WOOLFF, ( 1949) Problems of drug addiction in South America, British Journal of addiction, 46, pp. 66-78.
1949 Henri Revilliod, (1950) Some aspects of the problem of alcoholism in Switzeriand,British Journal of Addiction, 47, pp. 6-17.
1952 P. 0. WOLFF, (1953) The activities ofthe WHO in drug addiction, British Journal of addiction, 50, pp. 12-28.
1953 E. M. JELLINEK. International aspects of alcoholism.
1954 HARRY FELDMANN. The modern treatment of alcoholism, with special reference to apopmorphine: biological, psychological and social aspects.
1958 H. J. KRAUWEEL, (I 959) Incidence and treatment of alcoholism in the Netherlands, British Journal of Addiction, 55, pp. 71-93.
1959 H. HALBACH, (1959) Possibilities of prevention of drug addiction, British Journal of addiction, 56, pp. 27-44.
1960 H. ISBELL, (1961) Perspectives in research on opiate addiction, Btitish Journal of addiction, 57, pp. 17-29.
1961 GUNNAR LUNTQUIST, (1962) The treatment of alcoholism in Sweden, British Journal of addiction, 58, pp. 5-12.
1962 ARCHER TONGUE, (I 963) What the state does about alcohol and alcoholism. An international survey of state programmes, British Journal of addiction, 59, pp. 41-59.
1963 L. WISLICKI, (1963) Addiction in Israel, British Journal of addiction, 59.
1965 NATHAN EDDY, (1966) The chemotherapy of drug dependence, Biitish Journal of addiction, 61, pp. 155-167.
   
1964 Professor LEONARD GOLDBERG, (1965) Dependence on alcohol, British Journal of Addiction, 61, pp. 5-7.
1966 Dr EVERETTE L. MAY. Analgesic drugs and drug dependence.
1967 J. P. VON WARTBURG. Alcohol: its effects and metabolism.
1968 M. H. SEEVERS. Psychological aspects of drug dependence.
1969 SELDON BACON. Alcohol, Science and Society.
1970 HANS W. KOSTERLITZ.
1972 H. 0. J. COLLIER, (1972) Drug dependence. A pharmacological analysis, British Yournal ofaddiction, 67, pp. 277-286.
1974 Lecturer and Title not traced.
1975 JOHN LITTLETON, (I 975) The experimental approach to alcoholism, British Journal ofaddiction, 70, pp. 99-122.
1976 JOHN HUGHES, (1976) Enkephalin and drug dependence, British Journal of addiction, 71 pp. 199-209.
1977 JOYCE O'CONNOR.
1978 JOYCE O'CONNOR. Drink and ethnic origin
1979 GRIFFITH EDWARDS (Addiction Research Unit, Institute of Psychiatry), Opium and after, Lancet, pp. 351-354.
1981 MALCOLM LADER (Dept. Pharmacology, Institute of Psychiatry). Dependence on prescribed psychotropic drugs.
1982 DONALD JASINSKI. (Director Addictions Research Center, Baltimore City Hospital, Maryland) Common mechanisms in substance abuse.
1984 GEORGE VALLIANT. (Dartmouth Medical School, NH (Centennial Symposium)) The history of alcohol and heroin abuse: contrasts and similarities.
1985 PHILIP CONNELL, (1986) 'I need heroin': 30 years of drug dependence and of the medical challenges at local, national, international and political levels. What next? British Yournal ofaddiction, 81, pp. 461-472.
1986 SHEPARD SIEGEL. (Professor of Psychology, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario (Joint Symposium with the British Association of Psychopharmacology)) Drug anticipation and drug tolerance.
1987 RAY HODGSON. Resisting Temptation; a psychological analysis.
1988 BENNO POLLAK. (Dept. General Practice, St Thomas's Medical School (Symposium: Primary health care and the addictions: Practical and theoretical issues) )Where to start: where to go?
1989 DAVID PITMAN - (Dept. Sociology, Washington University, St Louis, MO) Dent Lecture: Alcohol and other drugs: The response of the social, legal and medical institutions (Symposium: Crime, alcohol and other drugs)
1994 JASPER WOODCOCK - Commissions (Royal and other) on drug misuse: who needs them?
1995 HAMID GHODSE - International drug control policies
1997 JEROME JAFFE - Whither treatment: Does evidence of treatment effectiveness influence national strategies?
1998 KAYE MIDDLETON-FILLMORE - Social influences on scientific research: (the case of mortality in relation to alcohol consumption and that abstainers do not have increased risk)
1999 ROBERT E KENDELL - Drug misuse and public policy in the UK
2000 TOM BABOR - The nature and treatment of dependence. Biological, psychological and sociological theories, models and interventions
2001 HAROLD HOLDER - Treatment and policy as part of a public health approach to alcohol problem reduction
2002 JONATHAN CHICK - Changes in the management of alcohol dependence
2003 JOHN STRANG - Injectable Opiate Maintenance Treatment
2004 GRIFFITH EDWARDS - Addiction: A journal and its invisible college
2005 KATHY CARROLL - W(h)ither EVTs (Symposium)
2006 JIM ORFORD - Family and network treatment: Theory and practice (Symposium)
2007 No Society Lecture
2008 VIRGINIA BERRIDGE - What's new about the new abstinence? History, and treatment policy
(Symposium: Addiction across the lifespan)
2009 Christine Godfrey: Addiction treatment: Do economists contribute to the policy debate?
2010 Sally Casswell: The current status of alcohol marketing policy: A quintessential alcohol control policy issue
2011 Barbara McCrady: Family interventions for drug & alcohol problems

Note: Many Dent lectures were not published in the Society's Journal unlike the Kerr and Kelynack lectures. They are not consistently mentioned in the Society's minute books and so it has not always been possible to trace precise titles.


Table 6. Membership 1884-1989

Year
Medical Lay Total
1884
165 67 .
1899
52 37 .
1903
. . 70
1905
262 395 .
1910-1
. . 705
1918-9
234 546 .
1932
190 264 .
1941
270 380 .
1942
170 160 .
1943
148 140 .
1948
. . 263
1953
. . 350
1957
total=203, UK=103 total=155, UK=117 358
1958*
total=214, UK=110 total=170, UK=131 384
1965
. . c480
1969
. . 394
1972
. . 447
1980
. . c250
1981
. . 103
1988
. . 380
1989
. . 462
Nov 2000**
. . c. 370
Nov 2001
. . 475
March 2002
. . 388
Nov 2002
. . 407
Nov 2003
. . 478
Nov 2004
. . 377
Nov 2005
. . 454
Nov 2006
. . 407
Nov 2007
. . 372

 

*Membership figures from the late 1950's to the early 1980's, if not before, are estimates.

**2000 figure approximate - records transferred over from administration by publishers direct to SSA.

 

 

 

 


 

 

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