August 1968

Neuropsychiatry in World War II, Vol I, Zone of Interior.

Author Affiliations

By Col Robert S. Anderson, MC, USA; Col Albert J. Glass, MC, USA (Ret); and Lt Col Robert J. Bernucci, MC, USA (Ret). Price $7.50. Pp 826. Superintendent of Documents, Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402, 1966.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1968;19(2):243-244. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1968.01740080115020

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It should not be surprising that a coedited book on neuropsychiatry in World War II, published 21 years later, would have obvious substantive gaps, multiple redundancies and repetitiveness, undue reliance on statistical tables, and be highly impressionistic and include "screen memories." But it is surprising that the writing of this book, a project of the US Army Medical Service Historical Unit since 1956, should have produced a volume so flat, stale, compartmentalized, and uneven. The book's very outline, however, emphasizes the lack of coordination in World War II psychiatry—an extension of civilian practice at the time. Failure to present a cohesive, dynamic portrait of the growth and development of an extensive psychiatric network is grievous. The isolation and separateness of such chapters as "Preventive Psychiatry," "Women's Army Corps," "Clinical Psychology," "Psychiatric Social Work," "Occupational Therapy," and "The Consultant System," and the failure

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