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March 1919


Arch NeurPsych. 1919;1(3):317-332. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1919.02180030045006

Early in the present war an excessive incidence of functional nervous diseases was noted among the troops of all the belligerents, the handling of which constituted a major medico-military problem. The occurrence of similar neuroses among civilians subjected to the adverse influences in the war is probable.

It is expected that after the war many aliens who have suffered from war neuroses incident to military service or residence in devastated areas will apply for admission to this country. It will be the duty of medical examiners to detect these persons if abnormal and to determine what disposition from the standpoint of medical certification shall be made of them.

This paper is intended to deal chiefly with the latter aspect of the subject, but in order to arrive at a clear understanding of the war neuroses in relation to immigration it will be necessary, first, to inquire into their nature and