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September 8, 1945

The Governing of Men: General Principles and Recommendations Based on Experience at a Japanese Relocation Camp

JAMA. 1945;129(2):176. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860360078039

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The author is a psychiatrist and social scientist who was assigned to the Japanese Relocation Center at Poston, Ariz. He there observed the social and psychologic problems of both the evacuees and the administration. His description of the events that led up to the strike and the dynamic forces involved in the explosion makes fascinating reading. The factual data are followed by a considerable description of the lessons learned from this experiment. The reader can understand the simple conclusions and advice laid down in the second part of the book after he has gone through a period of pessimism at the stupidity demonstrated by the administration in the data of part I. Certainly this book should be studied carefully by persons who are involved in the government of occupied territories. Any one who is concerned with the administration of groups would profit by this work. This applies to medical officers,

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