December 1971

Three Psychiatric Casualties From Vietnam

Author Affiliations

Stanford., Calif
From the Department of Psychiatry, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, Calif (Drs. Solomon, Zarcone, Yoerg, Scott, and Maurer), and the Veterans Administration Hospital, Palo Alto, Calif (Drs. Solomon and Zarcone).

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1971;25(6):522-524. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1971.01750180042007

Three veterans whose psychiatric illnesses were precipitated by events experienced in the Vietnam conflict are briefly described. Two cases have features relatively unique to that war. The first involved the killing of an innocent civilian and of a corporal who ordered the murder, and the second involved the use of drugs that contributed to a tragic combat error. The third case is that of a "classical" war neurosis. In all cases interviews conducted under the influence of sodium amobarbital and methamphetamine were utilized to elicit suppressed memories and affects.