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Dr. Paul O. - Love and Tolerance

Dr. Paul is the author of the story titled “Acceptance Was the Answer” in the 4th edition of the Big Book and “Doctor, Alcoholic, Addict” in the 3rd. As he headed south toward his bottom, he ended up as a patient in the nut ward of the same hospital where he had been a doctor. His story contains what is perhaps the best known paragraph about acceptance in the Big Book, on page 417. Here he speaks at the 10th anniversary of the Legacy Group of Fort Worth, in Fort Worth, Texas, 04/07/90 (1:01:20). It’s one of the funniest talks ever. Dr. Paul has an unusual ability to combine humor with wisdom. For more on Dr. Paul, see “Big Book Q&A,” Personal Stories Section, “Acceptance Was the Answer,” on this site.

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