With today’s doodle, Google is remembering Dr. Herbert David Kleber, who reframed the field of addiction treatment. He viewed addiction as a medical condition rather than a moral failure. Today is the 23rd anniversary of his election to be a member of the National Academy of Medicine.
Born on June 19, 1934, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Dr. Kleber studied medicine at Dartmouth College, where he discovered that psychology was his calling.
He spent years treating people with drug addiction and realised that the treatment needed a new approach backed by scientific research. His new methods of treatment gained appreciation and he was appointed as the deputy director for demand reduction at the Office of National Drug Control Policy by the then U.S. President George H. W. Bush.
Dr. Kleber co-founded the National Centre on Addiction and Substance Abuse, and also established the Division on Substance Abuse at Columbia University where he headed many projects on developing new methods to treat individuals with alcohol, cocaine, heroin and alcohol addictions.
The Doodle was illustrated by Massachusetts-based artist Jarrett J. Krosoczka.
Google is also celebrating today Nigeria Independence Day. Visible in Czechia and Greece is another doodle celebrating Grandparents’ Day.