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December 5, 2001

War PsychiatryA War of Nerves: Soldiers and Psychiatrists in the Twentieth Century

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Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorDavid H.MorseMS, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media

 

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by Ben Shephard, 487 pp, with illus, $27.95, ISBN 0-674-00592-2, Cambridge, Mass, Harvard University Press, 2001.

JAMA. 2001;286(21):2740-2741. doi:10.1001/jama.286.21.2740-JBK1205-3-1

A few years ago I arrived at Uniformed Services University a hardheaded physician-epidemiologist. The department chair soon suggested I consider completing a historical analysis on a topic related to military medicine. "Analysis of history is a time-honored military tradition," he said. I declined, convinced instead of the need to torture spreadsheets in search of causal relationships. At the time I saw little value in relearning the lessons of others. I wanted to extend the envelope, not rummage anonymously within its confines.

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