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March 23, 1946

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JAMA. 1946;130(12):790-791. doi:10.1001/jama.1946.02870120036012

PSYCHIATRIC EXAMINATION OF RUDOLF HESS  The role of the psychiatrist in the trial of the leading Axis war criminals has attained historical significance. This significance derives in a large measure from the fact that the psychiatric panel was appointed by the International Military Tribunal and reported its findings direct to that body. The panel consisted of three representative Russian psychiatrists, three British, one French and three American. The American psychiatrists, Dr. Nolan D. C. Lewis, professor of psychiatry, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, Dr. D. Ewen Cameron, professor of psychiatry, McGill University Faculty of Medicine, and Paul L. Schroeder.1 Colonel, M. C., professor of psychiatry, University of Illinois College of Medicine, reported:We find, as a result of our examinations and investigations, that Rudolf Hess is suffering from hysteria, characterized in part by loss of memory. The nature of this loss of memory is such that it

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