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September 1944

The War and Mental Health in England.

Arch NeurPsych. 1944;52(3):254. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1944.02290330093012

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Dr. Mackintosh, professor of preventive medicine at the University of Glasgow, in ninety-one pages, gives a clear, informative picture of the mental health in England during the first four years of the present war and offers suggestions with respect to mental hygiene for the remainder of the war and for the postwar period.

The book is divided into two parts: "The Impact of War" and "Mobilization for Peace." In the first part, the author devotes one chapter to each of the first four years of the war, and he emphasizes the specific problems for each year. Some of his material dealing with juvenile delinquency and the problems of evacuated children, their parents and foster parents is not new to the readers of current medical literature. Much of this material corroborates what has already been described by Martha Elliot, Susan Isaacs, Anna Freud, Dorothy Burlingham and others. One wishes that the

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