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March 21, 1964

Psychische Spätschäden nach politischer Verfolgung

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Brooklyn, NY

JAMA. 1964;187(12):965. doi:10.1001/jama.1964.03060250083041

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This book, a composite work by 13 ranking German authorities, explores the problems of definition, etiology, classification and treatment of psychopathologies engendered by Nazi political persecution. It contains 14 chapters, an introduction, and a conclusion.

Among the topics treated are frustration and frustration tolerance; the case of a man and a woman of differing reactions to Auschwitz prompts the question: how much does personality and how much does concentration camp experience contribute to the psychopathology exhibited later.

The experiences of the persecuted are of four kinds: degradation of the person, forced immigration, living "illegally," living in a ghetto or in concentration-extermination camps.

Treated also are developmental and physiological effects of persecution on children and the anatomic and physiological disturbances found in the reproductive systems of women.

This is a work of high merit and fine competence, relevant to every minority group subject in whatever degree to abasement and political as

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