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May 11, 1918


Author Affiliations

(Jackson, La.) First Lieut., M. R. C., U. S. Army; United States Base Hospital No. 5 FRANCE

JAMA. 1918;70(19):1369-1373. doi:10.1001/jama.1918.26010190002009

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Few subjects have attracted more attention in medical circles since the beginning of the war than the war neuroses. Each belligerent nation has been confronted with the problem of caring for large numbers of soldiers afflicted with marked nervous manifestations resulting from the strain of war.

The careful consideration of this form of nervous and mental instability was found to be of military as well as of medical importance. The military authorities wished to know how this condition might be prevented, what percentage of men would be cured and how soon, and to what degree an individual was responsible for his actions while he was so afflicted.

The armed forces of the United States must now, by force of circumstances, consider the same problem, and while much has been written concerning this matter, I believe that a description of how the condition is actually cared for in the English army

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