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February 1941

The Neuroses in War.

Arch NeurPsych. 1941;45(2):400-401. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1941.02280140210024

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This valuable treatise should be required reading for medical officers of the armed forces. It might also serve as a manual of practical, informal psychotherapy for civilian practitioners. It is a collection of well coordinated essays on the psychologic problems encountered in military medicine and in countries at war. There has evidently been a close collaboration between the various authors, so that duplication is at a minimum. The fact that it has been written by many hands is a considerable safeguard against any suspicion that facts were being selected to justify the prejudices of an individual.

The spirit of the book may be illustrated by the following passages from the preface:

"But let us not dismiss the man who breaks down with neurosis in wartime. As a group, the psychological patients of the last war served as long and at least as well as the average soldier. There is official