Google Doodle honours Dr Herbert Kleber: How he saved countless lives from his research?

Parul Srivastava
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Google Doodle honours Dr Herbert Kleber: Know everything about him

Google Doodle honours Dr Herbert Kleber – Today, Google Doodle is honouring Dr Herbert Kleber. He was an American psychiatrist who saved countless lives from substance abuse. Notably, he dedicated more than half of his life treating drug addiction.  His contribution changed the way addiction is viewed and helped in saving countless lives.  Google has dedicated the doodle to Kleber on the 23rd anniversary of his election to the National Academy of Medicine. It is a volunteer organisation that provides advice on health and medical advice.

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When did he start his career?  

He was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on June 19, 1934. He is known for his incredible work on addiction and substance abuse treatment. He studied medicine at Darthmouth College, and then he decided to pursue his career into Psychology. In the year 1946, he was assigned to a prison hospital in Lexington where thousands of people were treated for their addiction. Soon, he noticed that a vast majority of patients would relapse shortly after the release. He decided to develop a new technique which is called ‘Evidence Based Treatment’. He treated addiction as a medical condition instead of a lack of moral values.  He stressed on the importance of research and treatment based on medicines and therapy. His approach helped patients to recover without relapsing.

President George HW Bush was impressed by his work

President George HW Bush was impressed from his work and he had appointed him as the Deputy Director for Demand Reduction at the office of National Drug Control Policy.  Notably, he was also one of the key persons who helped in reframing the field of substance abuse research and treatment as a medical discipline.  The Doodle has come just 4 days before his first death anniversary. He passed away on October 5, 2018.

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