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Samuel Shem

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Psychiatrist and activist Samuel Shem has now added “novelist” and “playwright” to his list of accomplishments. But the Rhodes Scholar and Harvard Medical School graduate is also an addict in recovery. Both he and his wife, Janet Surrey, were the writers and producers of the long running Off-Broadway sensation Bill W. And Dr. Bob, the story of two men who came to depend on each other for the strength to stay sober, and form the principles behind Alcoholics Anonymous and the concept of twelve-step recovery.

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