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December 20, 1919

War Neuroses and Shell Shock,

JAMA. 1919;73(25):1898. doi:10.1001/jama.1919.02610510036032

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In this book are collected the results of an exceptionally wide experience of neuroses developing in the British army. Throughout it presents the appearance of a collection of notes hastily thrown together, owing, no doubt, to the need for such a source of information on the part of medical officers engaged in the work of reconstruction. The material shows a lack of grouping, and there is a somewhat confusing transition from one topic to another. Part of this is due to the fact that Dr. Mott, before the war, interested himself almost wholly in pathologic histology and anatomy, and he evidently finds it difficult to feel quite at home in discussing disorders which he recognizes as psychogenic in nature. Unfortunately, the author also has repeated the views which he published in 1916 on the nature and causation of shell shock, although he admits that he has been obliged since then

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