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Charles Towns and Drugs In Prison

Charles Towns and Drugs In Prison

In mid-February, 2016, 46 prison guards from nine different prisons were arrested in Georgia. The charges related to illegal drugs being purchased, distributed  and produced by prisoners. Charles B. Towns, in the book Habits That Handicap published in 1915, predicted...

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Charles Towns 1945 Letter to Bill Wilson

Charles Towns 1945 Letter to Bill Wilson

Charles Towns wrote a fascinating letter to Bill Wilson on October 4, 1945. He claims to have been the originator of the need for Bill's small group of drunks to write a book that would document their movement. The letter was written on Towns Hospital stationary to...

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Dr William J. Robinson

Dr William J. Robinson

Dr William J. Robinson was the editor of the MEDICAL REVIEW OF REVIEWS, which was a very prominent medical magazine founded in 1895. Charles Barnes Towns was hired in early 1916 to write a "Drug Addictions and Alcoholism" column even though Towns had but an...

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Alcoholism – Laymen Join Science to Cure It

Alcoholism – Laymen Join Science to Cure It

The American Weekly magazine published an article on July 25, 1943 titled ‘Alcoholism – Laymen Join Science to Cure It’ written by Genevieve Parkhurst (couldn’t possibly be a relative of Hank, could it?). I suspect that the article I have is the third in a series, for...

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The Solon of Narcotics

The Solon of Narcotics

Some called him “an undisputed king, or perhaps emperor, so magnificent were his accomplishments.” Another called him a “Solon of Narcotics.” A prominent Boston doctor said he was “one of the most persuasive and dominating personalities in the world.” Towns achieved a...

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How the Atom Bomb May Have Saved American and British Lives

How the Atom Bomb May Have Saved American and British Lives

Memoirs by Harry S. Truman, Harry S. Truman, Vol 1, Year of Decisions, pages 417, 419 General Marshall told me [Harry S. Truman] that it might cost a half a million American lives to force the enemy’s surrender on his home grounds.” It was the recommendation [of the...

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The Largest Planned Amphibious Invasion in History

The Largest Planned Amphibious Invasion in History

The initial Allied invasion of Japan was named Operation Olympic and was scheduled to begin on November 1, 1945.  It was to have been the largest amphibious invasion in history including 42 aircraft carriers, 24 battleships and 400 destroyers and destroyer escorts. ...

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