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January 1947


Arch NeurPsych. 1947;57(1):14-57. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1947.02300240030002

IN NOVEMBER 1944, arrangements were made with the surgeons of the First and Ninth United States Armies to send patients with blast injury to a designated general hospital specializing in neuropsychiatry in the Advance Section, Communications Zone, European Theater of Operations. It was hoped that a concentration of this clinical material might lead to a better understanding of the problem of blast injury. As a consequence, all patients with conditions diagnosed as blast injury, concussion, concussion neurosis, and the like, anywhere in forward echelons, as well as those with disturbances thought to warrant such a diagnosis by the admission section of this hospital, were examined.

Approximately 130 such patients were seen in November and December 1944, but clinical data on these cases were lost during the Battle of the Belgian Bulge, when the hospital had to be abandoned because of enemy action. Operations were resumed in January 1945, and this