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January 1946

Psychiatry in Modern Warfare.

Arch NeurPsych. 1946;55(1):78. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1946.02300120088012

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Now that the war is over, one may expect the literature on military neuropsychiatry to turn to efforts to sum up the emotional effects which modern warfare has on civilians and soldiers; to evaluate how the psychiatric problems were recognized and managed, and to be concerned with the inadaptability of some soldiers to return to civilian life. In a sense, then, this little treatise may be considered a forerunner of such a trend.

Though the book is small, its scope is large, and the authors rely on well chosen reports from the literature, reenforced by their personal observations, for the substance of the contents. They lay chief emphasis on predisposition as an etiologic factor in neuropsychiatric conditions. They note no new clinical entity except Mira's "psychorrhexis" in civilians. The psychosomatic developments and the special problems arising from geographic considerations are mentioned.

The trend away from anatomic pathology, prevalent in World

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