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February 1957

U. S. Army Psychiatric Training Program: Subsequent Nation-Wide Effects

Author Affiliations

Northville, Mich.

AMA Arch NeurPsych. 1957;77(2):218-222. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1957.02330320116015

From their studies on the effects of the World War II Navy psychiatric training program, Caveny and Strecker1 concluded that an intensive short course in neuropsychiatry had its effects on a group of physicians by making them, in general, more psychologically minded and appreciative of the psychiatric aspects of various illnesses with which they, as physicians, are confronted. The authors suggested that an intensive course in neuropsychiatry would provide an adequate number of psychiatrists to meet a wartime emergency and that such a course would be a source of needed psychiatrists throughout the country. They suggested that a similar training program could be instituted and conducted by other facilities, in need of psychiatric help, and that such programs would make physicians think of psychiatry as a career.

Present Investigation  The present study was embarked upon to evaluate the influence of the Army psychiatric training program on the subsequent professional

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