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Bob Smith (Robert Holbrook Smith, b. 8 August 1879; d. 16 November 1950) was a medical doctor and surgeon from Akron, Ohio, also known as Dr Bob. He was born and raised in St. Johnsbury, Vermont. After graduation from Dartmouth College in 1902, he completed medical school at the University of Michigan. He co-founded the self-help movement Alcoholics Anonymous with Bill Wilson, in 1935. Smith was called the "Prince of Twelfth Steppers" by Bill Wilson because he personally helped more than 5000 alcoholics without charge. Also, it was in his home that the basic ideas of A.A. were developed. Many A.A. ideas developed initially in an offshoot of the then-popular Oxford Group, which was then a Christian movement. Dr. Bob said that A.A.'s basic ideas came from their study of the Bible, that he personally did not write or have anything to do with the later writing of the 12 Steps, but that the Steps, simmered down to their essence, simply meant "love and service."

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ISBN 0-89486-065-8 or ISBN 0-89486-065-8 (pbk.), LC HV5278, LCCN 79-88264, Dewey 362.2/9286 or 362.29286 K87 1979.

  • Pass It On: The story of Bill Wilson and how the A.A. message reached the world, New York: Alcoholics Anonymous, 1984. ISBN 0-916856-12-7, LC HV5032 .W19P37x 1984, LCCN 84-072766, Dewey 362.29/286/O92.

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