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Sargant and Slater had their golden opportunity for observing the acute psychiatric war casualties after the evacuation of Dunkirk. Inundated by a flood of vigorous young men whose endurance had been surpassed by the hectic experience of those few days, they found themselves under the necessity of applying mass production methods to the neurotic, the hysterical, the depressed and the simply exhausted. The lessons they learned at that time formed the basis for the treatment of the casualties as they flowed back from the Normandy invasion and subsequent heavy fighting up to the end of the war. The authors condense the experience they obtained in this second edition of their pioneer work on physical methods of treatment in psychiatry.
This volume is no mere compendium of the thoughts and experiences of others, but, rather, the result of eight years of concentrated work with the psychiatric problems encountered at Sutton Emergency
An Introduction to Physical Methods of Treatment in Psychiatry.. Arch NeurPsych. 1948;60(1):105-106. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1948.02310010111014