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February 21, 1942


JAMA. 1942;118(8):624. doi:10.1001/jama.1942.02830080056017

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A bulletin just issued by the Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis calls attention to the increased discussion of the so-called war of nerves, or psychologic warfare. Modern warfare is discussed in terms of chemical warfare, psychologic warfare and even biologic warfare. Thus has civilization advanced! Perhaps it is a part of the German psychologic warfare to promote the belief that their propagandists have devised irresistible and psychologic weapons and strategems with which the morale of opposing nations is led into helpless submission. The experts say that nothing could be further from the fact. The German psychologists know nothing beyond what American psychologists have contributed. Indeed there are many who are convinced that in psychologic science, as in other science, America leads the world. The bulletin of the Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis lists three basic principles which all of us should keep in mind:

  1. Under war conditions

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